HTML <embed> Tag

The HTML <embed> tag is used for embedding an external application or interactive content into an HTML document.

Note that the <embed> element is an empty element (no closing tag is used).

The <embed> tag was introduced in HTML 5.


The <embed> tag is written as <embed type="" source=""> (no closing tag), with the object type inserted between the double quotes of the type attribute, and the URL of the object provided in the source attribute.

A width and height attribute can also be provided if so desired.

Like this:


Basic tag usage

Here we use the <embed> element to display a Quicktime movie that the user can interact with.


Attributes can be added to an HTML element to provide more information about how the element should appear or behave.

The <embed> element accepts the following attributes.

srcSpecifies the location of the external file. Its value must be the URI of the resource being embedded.
typeSpecifies the type of the embedded content. If specified, the value must be a MIME type.

widthSpecifies the width, in pixels, to display the external content.

Possible values:

[Non-negative integer] (for example, 300)

heightSpecifies the height, in pixels, to display the external content.

Possible values:

[Non-negative integer] (for example, 150)

Global Attributes

The following attributes are standard across all HTML elements. Therefore, you can use these attributes with the <embed> tag , as well as with all other HTML tags.

For a full explanation of these attributes, see HTML 5 global attributes.

Event Handlers

Event handler content attributes enable you to invoke a script from within your HTML. The script is invoked when a certain "event" occurs. Each event handler content attribute deals with a different event.

Most event handler content attributes can be used on all HTML elements, but some event handlers have specific rules around when they can be used and which elements they are applicable to.

For more detail, see HTML event handler content attributes.