MediaStreamTrack: mute event

The mute event is sent to a MediaStreamTrack when the track's source is temporarily unable to provide media data.

When the track is once again able to produce media output, an unmute event is sent.

During the time between the mute event and the unmute event, the value of the track's muted property is true.

Note: The condition that most people think of as "muted" (that is, a user-toggled state of silencing a track) is actually managed using the MediaStreamTrack.enabled property, for which there are no events.

This event is not cancelable and does not bubble.


Use the event name in methods like addEventListener(), or set an event handler property.

addEventListener('mute', (event) => { });

onmute = (event) => { };

Event type

A generic Event.


In this example, event handlers are established for the mute and unmute events in order to detect when the media is not flowing from the source for the MediaStreamTrack referenced by musicTrack.

musicTrack.addEventListener("mute", (event) => {
  document.getElementById("timeline-widget").style.backgroundColor = "#aaa";
}, false);

musicTrack.addEventListener("unmute", (event) => {
 document.getElementById("timeline-widget").style.backgroundColor = "#fff";
}, false);

With these event handlers in place, when the track musicTrack enters its muted state, the element with the ID timeline-widget gets its background color changed to #aaa. When the track exits the muted state—detected by the arrival of an unmute event—the background color is restored to white.

You can also use the onmute event handler property to set up a handler for this event; similarly, the onunmute event handler is available for setting up a handler for the unmute event. The following example shows this:

musicTrack.onmute = (event) => {
  document.getElementById("timeline-widget").style.backgroundColor = "#aaa";

musicTrack.onunmute = (event) => {
  document.getElementById("timeline-widget").style.backgroundColor = "#fff";

Mute tracks through receivers

The following example shows how to mute tracks using receivers.

// Peer 1 (Receiver)
audioTrack.addEventListener('mute', (event) => {
  // Do something in UI

videoTrack.addEventListener('mute', (event) => {
  // Do something in UI

// Peer 2 (Sender)
const transceivers = peer.getTransceivers();

const audioTrack = transceivers[0];
audioTrack.direction = 'recvonly';

const videoTrack = transceivers[1];
videoTrack.direction = 'recvonly';

transceivers is an array of RTCRtpTransceiver where you can find the audio or video track sent and received. For more information, see the direction article.


Media Capture and Streams
# dom-mediastreamtrack-onmute

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See also