HTML <embed> type Attribute

The type attribute on an <embed> tag specifies the media type of the embedded file. A media type, formerly known as MIME type, indicates the format and nature of the file.

Example

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A type attribute on an <embed> element.
The attribute specifies the media type (formerly MIME type) of the embedded image.

<embed type="image/jpg"
       src="/img/html/vangogh-bedroom.jpg">

Using type

The type attribute specifies the media type of the embedded file.

A media type, formerly known as a MIME type, indicates the format and nature of a file.

Browsers don't look at a link's file extension, but rather what media type it is.

A list with common HTTP Media Types is available on this site.

Tip:   The IANA organization maintains a list of all official media types.


Common media types

There are hundreds of media types.
These are some common types that are used on the web.

Media Type Description
text/html HTML
image/png PNG
application/pdf PDF
application/vnd.ms-excel Excel
text/csv Comma Separated Values
video/mp4 MP4

Tip:  Check our HTTP Media Types Reference for a more complete list of common media types.


Syntax

<embed type="media-type" />

Values

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Value Description
media-type The media type of the linked page.

Browser support

Here is when type support started for each browser:

Chrome
1.0 Sep 2008
Firefox
1.0 Sep 2002
IE/Edge
1.0 Aug 1995
Opera
1.0 Jan 2006
Safari
1.0 Jan 2003

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