The HTMLCanvasElement captureStream() method returns a MediaStream which includes a CanvasCaptureMediaStreamTrack containing a real-time video capture of the canvas's contents.

Syntax

MediaStream = canvas.captureStream(frameRate);

Parameters

frameRate Optional
A double-precision floating-point value that indicates the rate of capture of each frame. If not set, a new frame will be captured each time the canvas changes; if set to 0, frames will not be captured automatically; instead, they will only be captured when the returned track's requestFrame() method is called.

Return value

A reference to a MediaStream object, which has a single CanvasCaptureMediaStreamTrack in it.

Exceptions

NotSupportedError
The value of frameRate is negative.

Example

// Find the canvas element to capture
var canvasElt = document.querySelector('canvas');

// Get the stream
var stream = canvasElt.captureStream(25); // 25 FPS

// Do things to the stream
// E.g. Send it to another computer using an RTCPeerConnection
//      pc is an RTCPeerConnection created elsewhere
pc.addStream(stream);

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Media Capture from DOM Elements
The definition of 'HTMLCanvasElement.captureStream()' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support51 ?43 No36 ?
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support5151 ?4338 ?5.0

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