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The setActionHandler() property of the MediaSession interface sets an event handler for a media session action.


navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler(type, callback)


A string representing an action type to listen for. It will be one of play, pause, seekbackward, seekforward, previoustrack, or nexttrack.
Indicates the function to call when the specified action type is invoked. This is a void function, with no parameters.




The following example creates a new media session and assigns action handlers to it:

if ('mediaSession' in navigator){
  navigator.mediaSession.metadata = new MediaMetadata({
    title: "Podcast Episode Title",
    artist: "Podcast Host",
    album: "Podcast Name",
    artwork: [{src: "podcast.jpg"}]
  navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler('play', function() {});
  navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler('pause', function() {});
  navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler('seekbackward', function() {});
  navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler('seekforward', function() {});
  navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler('previoustrack', function() {});
  navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler('nexttrack', function() {});

This example uses appropriate action handlers to allow seeking in either direction through the playing media.

let skipTime = 10 // Time to skip in seconds

navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler('seekbackward', evt => {
  // User clicked "Seek Backward" media notification icon.
  audio.currentTime = Math.max(audio.currentTime - skipTime, 0)

navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler('seekforward', evt => {
  // User clicked "Seek Forward" media notification icon.
  audio.currentTime = Math.min(audio.currentTime + skipTime,    


Specification Status Comment
Media Session Standard
The definition of 'setActionHandler()' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Initial definition.

Browser Compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support No support ? ? No support ?
Feature Android Webview Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support 57 ? ? ? No support ?

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