load() resets the media element to its initial state and
begins the process of selecting a media source and loading the media in preparation
for playback to begin at the beginning.
The amount of media data that is
prefetched is determined by the value of the element's
This method is generally only useful when you've made dynamic changes to the set of
sources available for the media element, either by changing the element's
src attribute or by adding or removing
<source> elements nested within the media element itself.
load() will reset the element and rescan the available sources, thereby
causing the changes to take effect.
load() aborts all ongoing operations involving this media element,
then begins the process of selecting and loading an appropriate media resource given the
options specified in the
src attribute or child
element(s). This is described in more detail in
Supporting multiple formats in Video and audio content.
The process of aborting any ongoing activities will cause any outstanding
Promises returned by
fulfilled or rejected as appropriate based on their status before the loading of new
media can begin. Pending play promises are aborted with an
Appropriate events will be sent to the media element itself as the load process proceeds:
If the element is already in the process of loading media, that load process is
aborted and the
abortevent is sent.
If the element has already been initialized with media, the
emptiedevent is sent.
If resetting the playback position to the beginning of the media actually changes
the playback position (that is, it was not already at the beginning), a
timeupdateevent is sent.
Once media has been selected and loading is ready to begin, the
loadstartevent is delivered.
- From this point onward, events are sent just like any media load.
This example finds a
<video> element in the document and resets it by
const mediaElem = document.querySelector("video"); mediaElem.load();
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