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The read-only property RTCPeerConnection.iceGatheringState returns an enum of type RTCIceGatheringState that describes connection's ICE gathering state. This lets you detect, for example, when collection of ICE candidates has finished.

You can detect when the value of this property changes by watching for an event of type icegatheringstatechange.


 var state = RTCPeerConnection.iceGatheringState;


The possible values are those of an enum of type RTCIceGatheringState.

RTCIceGatheringState enum

The RTCIceGatheringState enum defines string constants which reflect the current status of ICE gathering, as returned using the RTCPeerConnection.iceGatheringState property. You can detect when this value changes by watching for an event of type icegatheringstatechange.

Constant Description
"new" The peer connection was just created and hasn't done any networking yet.
"gathering" The ICE agent is in the process of gathering candidates for the connection.
"complete" The ICE agent has finished gathering candidates. If something happens that requires collecting new candidates, such as a new interface being added or the addition of a new ICE server, the state will revert to "gathering" to gather those candidates.


var pc = new RTCPeerConnection();
var state = pc.iceGatheringState;


Specification Status Comment
WebRTC 1.0: Real-time Communication Between Browser
The definition of 'RTCPeerConnection.iceGatheringState' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial specification.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) [1] 22 (22) [1] No support (Yes) ?
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? ? 22.0 (22) [1] No support ? ?

[1] Though this property is not prefixed, the RTCPeerConnection interface it belongs to is.

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