The HTML <embed> Element represents an integration point for an external application or interactive content (in other words, a 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.

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 parent elements Any element that accepts embedded content.
DOM interface HTMLEmbedElement


This element includes the global attributes.

The displayed height of the resource, in CSS pixels.
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.


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


Specification Status Comment
WHATWG 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 in 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 Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

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