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Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

The rate property of the SpeechSynthesisUtterance interface gets and sets the speed at which the utterance will be spoken at.

If unset, a default value of 1 will be used.


var myRate = speechSynthesisUtteranceInstance.rate;
speechSynthesisUtteranceInstance.rate = 1.5;


A float representing the rate value. It can range between 0.1 (lowest) and 10 (highest), with 1 being the default pitch for the current platform or voice, which should correspond to a normal speaking rate. Other values act as a percentage relative to this, so for example 2 is twice as fast, 0.5 is half as fast, etc.

Some speech synthesis engines or voices may constrain the minimum and maximum rates further. If SSML is used, this value will be overridden by prosody tags in the markup.


var synth = window.speechSynthesis;

var inputForm = document.querySelector('form');
var inputTxt = document.querySelector('input');
var voiceSelect = document.querySelector('select');

var voices = synth.getVoices();


inputForm.onsubmit = function(event) {

  var utterThis = new SpeechSynthesisUtterance(inputTxt.value);
  var selectedOption = voiceSelect.selectedOptions[0].getAttribute('data-name');
  for(i = 0; i < voices.length ; i++) {
    if(voices[i].name === selectedOption) {
      utterThis.voice = voices[i];
  utterThis.rate = 1.5;


Browser compatibility

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See also