HTML <video> controls Attribute

HTML video Tag Reference HTML <video> tag


A <video> element with browser default controls:

<video controls>
  <source src="movie.mp4" type="video/mp4">
  <source src="movie.ogg" type="video/ogg">
  Your browser does not support the video tag.

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Definition and Usage

The controls attribute is a boolean attribute.

When present, it specifies that video controls should be displayed.

Video controls should include:

  • Play
  • Pause
  • Seeking
  • Volume
  • Fullscreen toggle
  • Captions/Subtitles (when available)
  • Track (when available)

Browser Support

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the attribute.

controls 4.0 9.0 3.5 4.0 10.5

Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

The <video> tag is new in HTML5.

Differences Between HTML and XHTML

In XHTML, attribute minimization is forbidden, and the controls attribute must be defined as <video controls="controls">.


<video controls>

HTML video Tag Reference HTML <video> tag

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