This feature has been removed from the Web standards. Though some browsers may still support it, it is in the process of being dropped. Avoid using it and update existing code if possible; see the compatibility table at the bottom of this page to guide your decision. Be aware that this feature may cease to work at any time.

The deprecated Navigator.getUserMedia() method prompts the user for permission to use up to one video input device (such as a camera or shared screen) and up to one audio input device (such as a microphone) as the source for a MediaStream.

If permission is granted, a MediaStream whose video and/or audio tracks come from those devices is delivered to the specified success callback.  If permission is denied, no compatible input devices exist, or any other error condition occurs, the error callback is executed with a MediaStreamError object describing what went wrong. If the user instead doesn't make a choice at all, neither callback is executed.

This is a legacy method. Please use the newer navigator.mediaDevices.getUserMedia() instead. While technically not deprecated, this old callback version is marked as such, since the specification strongly encourages using the newer promise returning version.


navigator.getUserMedia(constraints, successCallback, errorCallback);


A MediaStreamConstraints object specifying the types of media to request, along with any requirements for each type. For details, see the constraints section under the modern MediaDevices.getUserMedia() method, as well as the article Capabilities, constraints, and settings.
A function which is invoked when the request for media access is approved. The function is called with one parameter: the MediaStream object that contains the media stream. Your callback can then assign the stream to the desired object (such as an <audio> or <video> element), as shown in the following example:
function(stream) {
   var video = document.querySelector('video');
   video.srcObject = stream;
   video.onloadedmetadata = function(e) {
      // Do something with the video here.
When the call fails, the function specified in the errorCallback is invokedwith a MediaStreamError object as its sole argument; this object is is modeled on DOMException. See {anch("Errors")}} below for a list of the errors which can occur.

Return value




Width and height

Here's an example of using getUserMedia(), including code to cope with various browsers' prefixes. Note that this is the deprecated way of doing it: See the Examples section under the MediaDevices.getUserMedia() for modern examples.

navigator.getUserMedia = navigator.getUserMedia ||
                         navigator.webkitGetUserMedia ||

if (navigator.getUserMedia) {
   navigator.getUserMedia({ audio: true, video: { width: 1280, height: 720 } },
      function(stream) {
         var video = document.querySelector('video');
         video.srcObject = stream;
         video.onloadedmetadata = function(e) {
      function(err) {
         console.log("The following error occurred: " +;
} else {
   console.log("getUserMedia not supported");


To use getUserMedia() in an installable app (for example, a Firefox OS app), you need to specify one or both of the following fields inside your manifest file:

"permissions": {
  "audio-capture": {
    "description": "Required to capture audio using getUserMedia()"
  "video-capture": {
    "description": "Required to capture video using getUserMedia()"

See permission: audio-capture and permission: video-capture for more information.


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

Browser compatibility

New code should use Navigator.mediaDevices.getUserMedia() instead.

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support21 webkit 1 Yes17 moz 2 No

18 webkit


FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support40 webkit 3 No Yes24 moz 2123 No No

1. Later versions of Chrome support the unprefixed MediaDevices.getUserMedia() which replaced this deprecated method.

2. The constraint syntax described here is available as of Firefox 38. Earlier versions (32-37) used an outdated constraint syntax, but the syntax described here is available there through the adapter.js polyfill.

3. An outdated constraint syntax is still in use, but the syntax described here is available through the adapter.js polyfill.

See also