HTML5 Audio

HTML5 provides a standard for playing audio files.

Audio on the Web

Until now, there has not been a standard for playing audio files on a web page.

Today, most audio files are played through a plug-in (like flash). However, different browsers may have different plug-ins.

HTML5 defines a new element which specifies a standard way to embed an audio file on a web page: the <audio> element.

How It Works

To play an audio file in HTML5, this is all you need:


<audio controls=”controls”>
<source src=”song.ogg” type=”audio/ogg” />
<source src=”song.mp3″ type=”audio/mpeg” />
Your browser does not support the audio element.

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The control attribute adds audio controls, like play, pause, and volume.

You should also insert text content between the <audio> and </audio> tags for browsers that do not support the <audio> element.

The <audio> element allows multiple <source> elements. <source> elements can link to different audio files. The browser will use the first recognized format.

Audio Formats and Browser Support

Currently, there are 3 supported file formats for the <audio> element: MP3, Wav, and Ogg:

Browser MP3 Wav Ogg
Internet Explorer 9 YES NO NO
Firefox 4.0 NO YES YES
Google Chrome 6 YES YES YES
Apple Safari 5 YES YES NO
Opera 10.6 NO YES YES


HTML5 audio Tags

Tag Description
<audio> Defines sound content
<source> Defines multiple media resources for media elements, such as <video> and <audio>

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