HTML <track> tag

Updated: 10/11/2017 by Computer Hope

HTML track tagWhen writing in HTML, the <track> tag is used to designate text tracks for both the <audio> and <video> tags. It is useful for when you want to add captions, subtitles, or other forms of text that display as the media plays. The following sections contain information about this tag, including an example of its code, as well as related attributes and browser compatibility.

Example code

<video controls="controls">
Your browser does not support the &lt;video&gt; tag. <source src="../m/computer-hope.mp4" /> <source src="../m/computer-hope.ogg" /> <track src="english-subtitles.vtt" kind="subtitles" srclang="en" label="English">
<track src="spanish-subtitles.vtt" kind="subtitles" srclang="sp" label="Spanish">


Within an HTML tag, an attribute dictates certain aspects of an HTML element. Attributes are made up of a name and value pair; all tags support standard attributes. The following table shows all of the current unique HTML attributes for the <track> tag, as well as a description of each.

Attribute Description
default Designates that the track should be enabled unless the user's preferences suggest another
kind Designates the kind of text track in use
label Designates a label for the text track
src Designates the URL of the text track (required)
srclang Designates the language of the text track


Internet Explorer Firefox Safari Opera Chrome
10.0+ 31.0+ 6.0+ 12.1+ 23.0+

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