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The remove() method of the SourceBuffer interface removes media segments within a specific time range from the SourceBuffer. This method can only be called when SourceBuffer.updating equals false. If SourceBuffer.updating is not equal to false, call SourceBuffer.abort().


sourceBuffer.remove(start, end);


A double representing the start of the time range, in seconds.
A double representing the end of the time range, in seconds.




The following errors may be thrown when calling this method.

Error Explanation
InvalidAccessError The MediaSource.duration property is equal to NaN, the start parameter is negative or greater than MediaSource.duration, or the end parameter is less than or equal to start or equal to NaN.
InvalidStateError The SourceBuffer.updating property is equal to true, or this SourceBuffer has been removed from the MediaSource.




Specification Status Comment
Media Source Extensions
The definition of 'remove()' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

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Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 23 (Yes) 25.0 (25.0)[1]
42.0 (42.0)
11[2] 15 8
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 4.4.4 (Yes)

No support

No support 11 30 No support

[1] Available after switching the about:config preference media.mediasource.enabled to true. In addition, support was limited to a whitelist of sites, for example YouTube, Netflix, and other popular streaming sites. The whitelist was removed and Media Source Extensions was enabled by default in 42+ for all sites.

[2] Only works on Windows 8+.

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