The MediaRecorder interface's onerror event handler is called by the MediaStream Recording API when an error occurs. You can provide an event handler to deal with errors that occur while creating or using a media recorder. The error object is of type MediaRecorderErrorEvent, and its error property contains a DOMException object that describes the error that occurred.


MediaRecorder.onerror = errorHandlerFunction;


A function to be called whenever an error occurs during the recorder's lifetime. In addition to other general errors that might occur, the following errors are specifically possible when using the MediaStream Recording API; to determine which occurred, check the value of

An attempt was made to stop or pause or an inactive recorder, start or resume an active recorder, or otherwise manipulate the MediaRecorder while in the wrong state. This exception can also occur when a request is made on a source that has been deleted or removed.
The MediaStream is configured to disallow recording. This may be the case, for example, with sources obtained using getUserMedia() when the user denies permission to use an input device. This also happens when a MediaStreamTrack within the stream is marked as isolated due to the peerIdentity constraint on the source stream.
An attempt was made to instantiate a MediaRecorder using a MIME type that isn't supported on the user's device; one or more of the requested container, codecs, or profiles as well as other information may be invalid.
An non-security related error occurred that cannot otherwise be categorized. Recording stops, the MediaRecorder's state becomes inactive, one last dataavailable event is sent to the MediaRecorder with the remaining received data, and finally a stop event is sent.

These errors may occur either directly because of a call to a MediaRecorder method, or indirectly due to a problem arising during the recording process.


This example creates a new MediaRecorder instance and starts recording using the user agent's default media format. It returns either the MediaRecorder or the name of the error that occurred if any exceptions are thrown during the setup process.

function recordStream(stream) {
  let recorder = null;
  let bufferList = [];

  try {
    recorder = new MediaRecorder(stream);
  } catch(err) {
    return;     /* return the error name */

  recorder.ondataavailable = function(event) {

  recorder.onerror = function(event) {
    let error = event.error;

    switch( {
      case InvalidStateError:
        showNotification("You can't record the video right " +
                         "now. Try again later.");
      case SecurityError:
        showNotification("Recording the specified source " +
                         "is not allowed due to security " +
        showNotification("A problem occurred while trying " +
                         "to record the video.");

  /* this would be a good place to create a Worker to handle
     writing the buffers to disk periodically */

  recorder.start(100);  /* 100ms time slices per buffer */
  return recorder;


Specification Status Comment
MediaStream Recording
The definition of 'MediaRecorder.onerror' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
onerrorChrome Full support 49Edge Full support 79Firefox Full support 25IE No support NoOpera Full support 36Safari No support NoWebView Android Full support 49Chrome Android Full support 49Firefox Android Full support 25Opera Android Full support 36Safari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android Full support 5.0


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See also