HTML video src Attribute

HTML <video> src Attribute

❮ HTML <video> tag


Play a video:

<video src="movie.ogg" controls>
  Your browser does not support the video tag.
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Definition and Usage

The src attribute specifies the location (URL) of the video file.

The example above uses an Ogg file, and will work in Firefox, Opera and Chrome.

To play the video in Internet Explorer and Safari, we must use an MPEG4 file.

To make it work in all browsers - use <source> elements inside the <video> element. <source> elements can link to different video files. The browser will use the first recognized format:


<video width="320" height="240" 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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Browser Support

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

src 4.0 9.0 3.5 4.0 10.5

The src attribute is supported in all of the major browsers, however, the file format defined may not be supported in all browsers.

Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

The <video> tag is new in HTML5.


<video src="URL">

Attribute Values

Value Description
URL The URL of the video file.

Possible values:

  • An absolute URL - points to another web site (like src="")
  • A relative URL - points to a file within a web site (like src="movie.ogg")

❮ HTML <video> tag