The HTMLMediaElement.readyState property indicates the readiness state of the media.

Syntax

var readyState = audioOrVideo.readyState;

Value

An unsigned short. Possible values are:

Constant Value Description
HAVE_NOTHING 0 No information is available about the media resource.
HAVE_METADATA 1 Enough of the media resource has been retrieved that the metadata attributes are initialized. Seeking will no longer raise an exception.
HAVE_CURRENT_DATA 2 Data is available for the current playback position, but not enough to actually play more than one frame.
HAVE_FUTURE_DATA 3 Data for the current playback position as well as for at least a little bit of time into the future is available (in other words, at least two frames of video, for example).
HAVE_ENOUGH_DATA 4 Enough data is available—and the download rate is high enough—that the media can be played through to the end without interruption.

Examples

This example will listen for audio data to be loaded for the element `example`. It will then check if at least the current playback position has been loaded. If it has, the audio will play.

<audio id="example" preload="auto">
 <source src="sound.ogg" type="audio/ogg" />
</audio>

var obj = document.getElementById('example');

obj.addEventListener('loadeddata', function() {

  if(obj.readyState >= 2) {
    obj.play();
  }

});

 

Specifications

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

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes3.59 Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?

See also

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