HTMLMediaElement: playing event

The playing event is fired when playback is ready to start after having been paused or delayed due to lack of data.

Bubbles No
Cancelable No
Interface Event
Target Element
Default Action None
Event handler property GlobalEventHandlers.onplaying
Specification HTML5 media


These examples add an event listener for the HTMLMediaElement's playing event, then post a message when that event handler has reacted to the event firing.

Using addEventListener():

const video = document.querySelector('video');

video.addEventListener('playing', (event) => {
  console.log('Video is no longer paused');

Using the onplaying event handler property:

const video = document.querySelector('video');

video.onplaying = (event) => {
  console.log('Video is no longer paused.');


Specification Status
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'playing media event' in that specification.
Living Standard
The definition of 'playing media event' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
playing eventChrome Full support 3Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 3.5IE Full support 9Opera Full support 10.5Safari Full support 3.1WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support 1.0


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See also