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MediaStreamTrack.stop()

In short, the MediaStreamTrack method stop() method stops the track.

Syntax

MediaStreamTrack.stop();

Calling stop() tells the user agent that the track's source—whatever that source may be, including files, network streams, or a local camera or microphone—is no longer needed by the MediaStreamTrack.  Since multiple tracks may use the same source (for example, if two tabs are using the device's microphone), the source itself isn't necessarily immediately stopped. It is instead disassociated from the track and the track object is stopped. Once no media tracks are using the source, the source may actually be completely stopped.

Immediately after calling stop(), the track state is set to ended.

Example

In this example, we see a function which stops a streamed video by calling stop() on every track on a given <video>.

function stopStreamedVideo(videoElem) {
  let stream = videoElem.srcObject;
  let tracks = stream.getTracks();

  tracks.forEach(function(track) {
    track.stop();
  }
  videoElem.srcObject = null;
}

This works by obtaining the video element's stream from its srcObject property. Then the stream's track list is obtained by calling its getTracks() method. From there, all that remains to do is to iterate over the track list using forEach() and calling each track's stop() method.

Finally, srcObject is set to null to sever the link to the MediaStream object so it can be released.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Media Capture and Streams
The definition of 'MediaStreamTrack.stop()' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Initial specification.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) 34 (34)[1] No support (Yes) ?
Feature Android Android Webview Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Chrome for Android
Basic support ? (Yes) (Yes) 34.0 (34) No support ? ? (Yes)

[1] Prior to Firefox 52, only local tracks (that is, tracks obtained through getUserMedia()) could be stopped. Now all kinds of tracks can be stopped, including those on a MediaStream associated with a WebRTC connection, Web Audio API stream, or CanvasCaptureMediaStream.

See also

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