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The HTML <embed> element embeds external content at the specified point in the document. This content is provided by an external application or other source of interactive content such as a browser plug-in.

Note: This topic documents only the element that is defined as part of HTML5. It does not address earlier, non-standardized implementation of the element.

Keep in mind that most modern browsers have deprecated and removed support for browser plug-ins, so relying upon <embed> is generally not wise if you want your site to be operable on the average user's browser.

Content categories Flow content, phrasing content, embedded content, interactive content, palpable content.
Permitted content None, it is an empty element.
Tag omission Must have a start tag, and must not have an end tag.
Permitted parents Any element that accepts embedded content.
Permitted ARIA roles application, document, img, presentation
DOM interface HTMLEmbedElement

Attributes

This element's attributes include the global attributes.

height
The displayed height of the resource, in CSS pixels. This must be an absolute value; percentages are not allowed.
src
The URL of the resource being embedded.
type
The MIME type to use to select the plug-in to instantiate.
width
The displayed width of the resource, in CSS pixels. This must be an absolute value; percentages are not allowed.

Usage notes

You can use the object-position property to adjust the positioning of the embedded object within the element's frame, and the object-fit property to control how the object's size is adjusted to fit within the frame.

Examples

<embed type="video/quicktime" src="movie.mov" width="640" height="480" title="Title of my video">

Accessibility concerns

Use the title attribute on an embed element to label its content so that people navigating with assistive technology such as a screen reader can understand what it contains. The title's value should concisely describe the embedded content. Without a title, they may not be able to determine what its embedded content is. This context shift can be confusing and time-consuming, especially if the embed element contains interactive content like video or audio.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<embed>' in that specification.
Living Standard
HTML5
The definition of '<embed>' in that specification.
Recommendation

Browser compatibility

Note: Prior to version 45, Firefox did not display content of HTML resource, but a generic message saying the content needs a plug-in (see bug 1237963).

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
embedChrome Full support YesEdge Full support YesFirefox Full support 1IE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android Full support Yes
heightChrome Full support YesEdge Full support YesFirefox Full support 1IE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android Full support Yes
srcChrome Full support YesEdge Full support YesFirefox Full support 1IE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android Full support Yes
typeChrome Full support YesEdge Full support YesFirefox Full support 1IE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android Full support Yes
widthChrome Full support YesEdge Full support YesFirefox Full support 1IE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android Full support Yes

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