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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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support 47
Notes Disabled
Full support 47
Notes Disabled
Notes Currently only video is supported, not audio.
Disabled From version 47: this feature is behind the Experimental Web Platform features preference (needs to be set to Enabled). To change preferences in Chrome, visit chrome://flags.
Edge ? Firefox Full support 25IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android No support NoChrome Android No support NoEdge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 25Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android No support No


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See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
User must explicitly enable this feature.

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