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HTML audio Tag with Example

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HTML <audio> tag represents an audio object within your web page or document. By using audio tag, you could embed an audio or music files within your web page for your visitors to listen to.

Supported formats are .mp3, .wav etc to play media objects. Any text between opening and closing <audio> tag is called “Alternate Text”. This text will be displayed by web browsers that do not support the <audio> tag.

Note: HTML <audio> tag newly introduced in HTML5.

Sample Code

<audio src="audio_sample.mp3" controls>
<p>We're Sorry, your browser doesn’t support audio element.</p>
</audio>

Sample Result

Tip: You can see the complete List of HTML Elements here.

Tag Specific Attributes Support

Following are few audio tag attributes that are supported by <audio> tag.

Attribute Value Description
autoplay autoplay Represents whether or not to start playing the audio as soon as the object has loaded
controls controls Represents whether or not to display audio controls, such as a play/pause button etc
loop loop Represents whether to keep repeating or re-playing the audio once it has finished
preload auto
metadata
none
Represents whether the audio should be preloaded or not
src url Represents the location of the audio file

Standard Attributes Support

HTML <audio> tag supports mostly all HTML Attributes. Following are some most common attributes that are used by <audio> tag. You can get more details about available HTML Attributes here.

Attribute Value Description
class user_defined Represents a style for an element which is used in CSS style sheet
id user_defined Represents unique id for an element
lang lang_code Represents the language of the element for it’s content
style css_properties Represents an inline style for an element for e.g style=”color:red;text-decoration:underline;”
title user_defined Represents a tooltip information for an elements like img, a, abbr etc

Event Attributes Support

The “script” is invoked when a certain “event” occurs. Each event handler content attribute deals with a different event. HTML <audio> tag supports mostly all HTML Event Attributes. Following are some most common event attributes that are used by <audio> tag. You can get more details about available HTML Event Attributes here.

Attribute Value Description
onclick script Event Fires immediately when mouse click on the specified element
ondblclick script Event Fires immediately when mouse double-click on the specified element
onkeydown script Event Fires immediately when user is pressing a down key from keyboard
onkeypress script Event Fires immediately when user presses a key from keyboard
onkeyup script Event Fires immediately when user releases a key from keyboard
onmousedown script Event Fires immediately when mouse pointer gets down from an element
onmousemove script Event Fires immediately when mouse pointer moves over an element
onmouseout script Event Fires immediately when mouse pointer gets out from an element
onmouseover script Event Fires immediately when mouse pointer moves over an element
onmouseup script Event Fires immediately when a mouse pointer is released over an element
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