MediaStreamTrack: unmute event

The unmute event is sent to a MediaStreamTrack when the track's source is once again able to provide media data after a period of not being able to do so. This ends the muted state that began with the mute event.

Bubbles No
Cancelable No
Interface Event
Event handler property onunmute

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


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 stored in the variable 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 unmuted event—the background color is restored to white.

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

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

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


Specification Status Comment
Media Capture and Streams
The definition of 'unmute' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial specification.

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unmute eventChrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12Firefox Full support 59IE No support NoOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 59Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes


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