The state read-only property of the BaseAudioContext interface returns the current state of the AudioContext.




A DOMString. Possible values are:

  • suspended: The audio context has been suspended (with the AudioContext.suspend() method.)
  • running: The audio context is running normally.
  • closed: The audio context has been closed (with the AudioContext.close() method.)


The following snippet is taken from our AudioContext states demo (see it running live.) The AudioContext.onstatechange hander is used to log the current state to the console every time it changes.

audioCtx.onstatechange = function() {


Specification Status Comment
Web Audio API
The definition of 'state' in that specification.
Working Draft  

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