The HTML <embed> element embeds external content at the specified point in the document. This content is provided by an external application or other source of interactive content such as a browser plug-in.

Note: This topic documents only the element that is defined as part of HTML5. It does not address earlier, non-standardized implementation of the element.

Keep in mind that most modern browsers have deprecated and removed support for browser plug-ins, so relying upon <embed> is generally not wise if you want your site to be operable on the average user's browser.

Content categories Flow content, phrasing content, embedded content, interactive content, palpable content.
Permitted content None, it is an empty element.
Tag omission Must have a start tag, and must not have an end tag.
Permitted parents Any element that accepts embedded content.
Permitted ARIA roles application, document, img, presentation
DOM interface HTMLEmbedElement


This element's attributes include the global attributes.

The displayed height of the resource, in CSS pixels.  -- (Absolute values only.  NO percentages)
The URL of the resource being embedded.
The MIME type to use to select the plug-in to instantiate.
The displayed width of the resource, in CSS pixels.  -- (Absolute values only.  NO percentages)


<embed type="video/quicktime" src="" width="640" height="480">


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<embed>' in that specification.
Living Standard  
The definition of '<embed>' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

Note: There is currently an implementation difference between browsers. While Blink (Chrome, Opera) will display the content of HTML resource, Firefox displays a generic message saying the content needs a plug-in (see bug 1237963). It is recommended to use the <object> or <iframe> element.

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes
height Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes
src Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes
type Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes
width Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic support ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
height ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
src ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
type ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
width ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

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