The HTMLMediaElement.error is the MediaError object for the most recent error, or null if there has not been an error. When an error event is received by the element, you can determine details about what happened by examining this object.


var myError = HTMLMediaElement.error;


A MediaError object describing the most recent error to occur on the media element or null if no errors have occurred.


This example establishes a video element and adds an error handler to it; the error handler simply logs the details to console.

var videoElement = document.createElement('video');
videoElement.onerror = function() {
  console.log("Error " + videoElement.error.code + "; details: " + videoElement.error.message);
videoElement.src = "";


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'HTMLMediaElement.error' in that specification.
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The definition of 'HTMLMediaElement.error' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

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errorChrome Full support 43Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 3.5IE Full support 9Opera Full support YesSafari Full support 6WebView Android Full support 43Chrome Android Full support 43Firefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support 4.0


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