<object>

The HTML <object> element represents an external resource, which can be treated as an image, a nested browsing context, or a resource to be handled by a plugin.

Content categories Flow content; phrasing content; embedded content, palpable content; if the element has a usemap attribute, interactive content; listed, submittable form-associated element.
Permitted content zero or more <param> elements, then transparent.
Tag omission None, both the starting and ending tag are mandatory.
Permitted parents Any element that accepts embedded content.
Implicit ARIA role No corresponding role
Permitted ARIA roles application, document, image
DOM interface HTMLObjectElement

Attributes

This element includes the global attributes.

archive This deprecated API should no longer be used, but will probably still work.
A space-separated list of URIs for archives of resources for the object.
border This deprecated API should no longer be used, but will probably still work.
The width of a border around the control, in pixels.
classid This deprecated API should no longer be used, but will probably still work.
The URI of the object's implementation. It can be used together with, or in place of, the data attribute.
codebase This deprecated API should no longer be used, but will probably still work.
The base path used to resolve relative URIs specified by classid, data, or archive. If not specified, the default is the base URI of the current document.
codetype This deprecated API should no longer be used, but will probably still work.
The content type of the data specified by classid.
data
The address of the resource as a valid URL. At least one of data and type must be defined.
declare This deprecated API should no longer be used, but will probably still work.
The presence of this Boolean attribute makes this element a declaration only. The object must be instantiated by a subsequent <object> element. In HTML5, repeat the <object> element completely each time that the resource is reused.
form
The form element, if any, that the object element is associated with (its form owner). The value of the attribute must be an ID of a <form> element in the same document.
height
The height of the displayed resource, in CSS pixels. -- (Absolute values only. NO percentages)
name
The name of valid browsing context (HTML5), or the name of the control (HTML 4).
standby This deprecated API should no longer be used, but will probably still work.
A message that the browser can show while loading the object's implementation and data.
tabindex This deprecated API should no longer be used, but will probably still work.
The position of the element in the tabbing navigation order for the current document.
type
The content type of the resource specified by data. At least one of data and type must be defined.
usemap
A hash-name reference to a <map> element; that is a '#' followed by the value of a name of a map element.
width
The width of the display resource, in CSS pixels. -- (Absolute values only. NO percentages)

Examples

Embed a flash movie

<!-- Embed a flash movie -->
<object data="movie.swf"
  type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></object>

<!-- Embed a flash movie with parameters -->
<object data="movie.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash">
  <param name="foo" value="bar">
</object>

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<object>' in that specification.
Living Standard
HTML5
The definition of '<object>' in that specification.
Recommendation
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<object>' in that specification.
Recommendation

Browser compatibility

BCD tables only load in the browser

Note: Google Chrome doesn't support search for text (accessed via ctrl + F shortcut) inside <object></object> tags.

See also