The <embed> 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="movie.mov" width="640" height="480">


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.

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support Yes Yes 1 Yes Yes Yes
height Yes Yes 1 Yes Yes Yes
src Yes Yes 1 Yes Yes Yes
type Yes Yes 1 Yes Yes Yes
width Yes Yes 1 Yes Yes Yes
Feature Android webview Chrome for Android Edge mobile Firefox for Android IE mobile Opera Android iOS Safari
Basic support ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
height ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
src ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
type ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
width ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

See also

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