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Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

The removeSourceBuffer() method of the MediaSource interface removes the given SourceBuffer from the SourceBuffers list associated with this MediaSource object.




The SourceBuffer object to be removed.




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

Error Explanation
NotFoundError The supplied sourceBuffer doesn't exist in MediaSource.sourceBuffers.


for (i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
  var sourceBuffer = mediaSource.addSourceBuffer(mimeCodec);



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

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Basic support
Chrome Full support 31
Full support 31
No support 23 — 31
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 42
Full support 42
No support 25 — 42
Notes Disabled
Notes Limited support to a whitelist of sites, for example YouTube, Netflix, and other popular streaming sites. The whitelist was removed when Media Source Extensions was enabled by default in Firefox 42.
Disabled From version 25 until version 42 (exclusive): this feature is behind the media.mediasource.enabled preference. To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE Full support 11
Full support 11
Notes Only works on Windows 8+.
Opera Full support 15Safari Full support 8WebView Android Full support 4.4.3Chrome Android Full support 33Edge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 41Opera Android Full support 30Safari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes


Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
Requires a vendor prefix or different name for use.
Requires a vendor prefix or different name for use.

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