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The HTMLMediaElement.controls property reflects the controls HTML attribute, which controls whether user interface controls for playing the media item will be displayed.


var ctrls = video.controls;
audio.controls = true;


A Boolean. A value of true means controls will be displayed.


var obj = document.createElement('video');
obj.controls = true;


Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'HTMLMediaElement.controls' in that specification.
Living Standard No change from HTML5
The definition of 'HTMLMediaElement.controls' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) 3.5 (1.9.1) [1] 9 ? ?
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) ? (Yes) (Yes)

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