The MediaRecorder.state read-only property returns the current state of the current MediaRecorder object.


var state = MediaRecorder.state


A AnimationPlayState object containing one of the following values:

Enumeration Description
inactive Recording is not occuring — it has either not been started yet, or it has been started and then stopped.
recording Recording has been started and the UA is capturing data.
paused Recording has been started, then paused, but not yet stopped or resumed.



  record.onclick = function() {
    // Will return "recording"
    console.log("recorder started");



Specification Status Comment
MediaStream Recording
The definition of 'MediaRecorder.state' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 47[2] 25.0 (25.0) No support No support No support
Feature Android Android Webview Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Chrome for Android
Basic support No support No support 25.0 (25.0) 1.3[1] No support No support No support No support

[1] The intial Firefox OS implementation only supported audio recording.

[2] To try this feature on Chrome, enable Experimental Web Platform features from chrome://flags . Currently only video is supported, not audio.

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