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The endOfStream() method of the MediaSource interface signals the end of the stream.




endOfStreamError Optional
A DOMString representing an error to throw when the end of the stream is reached. The possible values are:
  • network: Terminates playback and signals that a network error has occured. This can be used create a custom error handler related to media streams. For example, you might have a function that handles media chunk requests, separate from other network requests. When you make an XMLHttpRequest call for a media chunk, and onabort or onerror triggers, you might want to call endOfStream('network'), display a descriptive message in the UI, and maybe retry the network request immediately or wait until the network is back up (via some kind of polling.)
  • decode: Terminates playback and signals that a decoding error has occured. This can be used to indicate that a parsing error has occured while fetching media data; maybe the data is corrupt, or is encoded using a codec that the browser doesn't know how to decode.




The following errors may be thrown when setting a new value for this property.

Error Explanation
InvalidStateError MediaSource.readyState is not equal to open, or one or more of the SourceBuffer objects in MediaSource.sourceBuffers are being updated (i.e. their SourceBuffer.updating property is true.)


The following snippet is from a simple example written by Nick Desaulniers (view the full demo live, or download the source for further investigation.)

var assetURL = 'frag_bunny.mp4';
// Need to be specific for Blink regarding codecs
// ./mp4info frag_bunny.mp4 | grep Codec
var mimeCodec = 'video/mp4; codecs="avc1.42E01E, mp4a.40.2"';

if ('MediaSource' in window && MediaSource.isTypeSupported(mimeCodec)) {
  var mediaSource = new MediaSource;
  //console.log(mediaSource.readyState); // closed
  video.src = URL.createObjectURL(mediaSource);
  mediaSource.addEventListener('sourceopen', sourceOpen);
} else {
  console.error('Unsupported MIME type or codec: ', mimeCodec);

function sourceOpen (_) {
  //console.log(this.readyState); // open
  var mediaSource = this;
  var sourceBuffer = mediaSource.addSourceBuffer(mimeCodec);
  fetchAB(assetURL, function (buf) {
    sourceBuffer.addEventListener('updateend', function (_) {
      //console.log(mediaSource.readyState); // ended


Specification Status Comment
Media Source Extensions
The definition of 'endOfStream()' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 23 25.0 (25.0)[1]
42.0 (42.0)
11[2] 15 8
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 4.4.4

Not supported

Not supported 11 30 Not supported

[1] Available after switching the about:config preference media.mediasource.enabled to true. In addition, support was limited to a whitelist of sites, for example YouTube, Netflix, and other popular streaming sites. The whitelist was removed and Media Source Extensions was enabled by default in 42+ for all sites.

[2] Only works on Windows 8+.

See also

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