Obsolete
This feature is obsolete. Although it may still work in some browsers, its use is discouraged since it could be removed at any time. Try to avoid using it.

The obsolete HTML Applet Element (<applet>) embeds a Java applet into the document; this element has been deprecated in favor of <object>.

Use of Java applets on the Web is deprecated; most browsers no longer support use of plug-ins, including the Java plug-in.

The <applet> element was removed in Gecko 56 and Chrome in late 2015. Removal is being considered in WebKit and Edge.

Attributes

align
This attribute is used to position the applet on the page relative to content that might flow around it. The HTML 4.01 specification defines values of bottom, left, middle, right, and top, whereas Microsoft and Netscape also might support absbottom, absmiddle, baseline, center, and texttop.
alt
This attribute causes a descriptive text alternate to be displayed on browsers that do not support Java. Page designers should also remember that content enclosed within the <applet> element may also be rendered as alternative text.
archive
This attribute refers to an archived or compressed version of the applet and its associated class files, which might help reduce download time.
code
This attribute specifies the URL of the applet's class file to be loaded and executed. Applet filenames are identified by a .class filename extension. The URL specified by code might be relative to the codebase attribute.
codebase
This attribute gives the absolute or relative URL of the directory where applets' .class files referenced by the code attribute are stored.
datafld
This attribute, supported by Internet Explorer 4 and higher, specifies the column name from the data source object that supplies the bound data. This attribute might be used to specify the various <param> elements passed to the Java applet.
datasrc
Like datafld, this attribute is used for data binding under Internet Explorer 4. It indicates the id of the data source object that supplies the data that is bound to the <param> elements associated with the applet.
height
This attribute specifies the height, in pixels, that the applet needs.
hspace
This attribute specifies additional horizontal space, in pixels, to be reserved on either side of the applet.
mayscript
In the Netscape implementation, this attribute allows access to an applet by programs in a scripting language embedded in the document.
name
This attribute assigns a name to the applet so that it can be identified by other resources; particularly scripts.
object
This attribute specifies the URL of a serialized representation of an applet.
src
As defined for Internet Explorer 4 and higher, this attribute specifies a URL for an associated file for the applet. The meaning and use is unclear and not part of the HTML standard.
vspace
This attribute specifies additional vertical space, in pixels, to be reserved above and below the applet.
width
This attribute specifies in pixels the width that the applet needs.

Example

<applet code="game.class" align="left" archive="game.zip" height="250" width="350">
  <param name="difficulty" value="easy">
  <b>Sorry, you need Java to play this game.</b>
</applet>

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes1 Yes2 Yes — 56 Yes Yes3 Yes4
align Yes Yes Yes — 56 Yes Yes Yes
alt Yes Yes Yes — 56 Yes Yes Yes
archive Yes Yes Yes — 56 Yes Yes Yes
code Yes Yes Yes — 56 Yes Yes Yes
codebase Yes Yes Yes — 56 Yes Yes Yes
datafld Yes Yes Yes — 56 Yes Yes Yes
datasrc Yes Yes Yes — 56 Yes Yes Yes
height Yes Yes Yes — 56 Yes Yes Yes
hspace Yes Yes Yes — 56 Yes Yes Yes
mayscript Yes Yes Yes — 56 Yes Yes Yes
name Yes Yes Yes — 56 Yes Yes Yes
object Yes Yes Yes — 56 Yes Yes Yes
src Yes Yes Yes — 56 Yes Yes Yes
vspace Yes Yes Yes — 56 Yes Yes Yes
width Yes Yes Yes — 56 Yes Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic support No No Yes2 Yes — 56 No ? ?
align No No Yes Yes — 56 No ? ?
alt No No Yes Yes — 56 No ? ?
archive No No Yes Yes — 56 No ? ?
code No No Yes Yes — 56 No ? ?
codebase No No Yes Yes — 56 No ? ?
datafld No No Yes Yes — 56 No ? ?
datasrc No No Yes Yes — 56 No ? ?
height No No Yes Yes — 56 No ? ?
hspace No No Yes Yes — 56 No ? ?
mayscript No No Yes Yes — 56 No ? ?
name No No Yes Yes — 56 No ? ?
object No No Yes Yes — 56 No ? ?
src No No Yes Yes — 56 No ? ?
vspace No No Yes Yes — 56 No ? ?
width No No Yes Yes — 56 No ? ?

1. Although the element is still supported, the Java plugin has been removed in Chrome 42 and an error message is displayed since then. Removal is under consideration.

2. Removal in Edge is under consideration.

3. Removal in Opera is under consideration.

4. Removal in Safari is under consideration.

Notes

The W3C specification does not encourage the use of <applet> and prefers the use of the <object> tag. Under the strict definition of HTML 4.01, this element is deprecated and entirely obsolete in HTML5.

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