The RTCIceCandidateStats dictionary's priority property is a positive integer value indicating the priority (or desirability) of the described candidate. During ICE negotiation while setting up a WebRTC peer connection, the priority values reported to the remote peer by a user agent are used to determine which candidates are considered "more desirable". The higher the value, the more desirable the candidate is.


priority = rtcIceCandidateStats.priority;


A positive integer indicating the priority of the RTCIceCandidate described by the RTCIceCandidateStats object. The value may be anywhere from 1 to 2,147,483,647.

Determining priority

The ICE specification describes how user agents and other software using WebRTC should calculate the priority. The priority of a candidate is calculated using the following variables as inputs:

  • The preferability of the candidate type (local, server reflexive, peer reflexive, or relayed)
  • The preferability of the candidate's specific IP address (for multihomed agents)
  • The candidate's component ID (1 for RTP, 2 for RTCP)

The candidate's priority is computed using the formula (ptype is the priority of the candidate's type and plocal is the priority of the IP address):

priority = 2 24 × p type + 2 8 × p local + ( 256 - componentID ) priority\quad =\quad { 2 }^{ 24 }\times { p }_{ type }\quad +\quad { 2 }^{ 8 }\times { p }_{ local }\quad +\quad (256\quad -\quad componentID)

This is equivalent to mapping the priorities of teh candidate type, the local IP, and the component ID into various bit ranges within the 32-bit priority value.


Specification Status Comment
Identifiers for WebRTC's Statistics API
The definition of 'RTCIceCandidateStats.port' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial specification.

Browser compatibility

BCD tables only load in the browser

See also