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Video.js Wavesurfer

A video.js plugin that adds a navigable waveform for audio and video files, using the wavesurfer.js library. Includes support for fullscreen mode and real-time visualization of microphone input.


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You can use npm (npm install videojs-wavesurfer) to install the plugin, or download it here. If you want to try the examples, check these instructions below.

Since v2.0 this plugin is compatible with video.js 6.0 and wavesurfer.js 2.0 and newer. If you want to use this plugin with an older video.js or wavesurfer.js version, check the archived releases for a 1.3.x or older release of this plugin.

Take a look at the changelog when upgrading from a previous version of videojs-wavesurfer.

Using the Plugin

The plugin depends on the video.js and wavesurfer.js libraries:

<link href="video-js.min.css" rel="stylesheet">
<link href="videojs.wavesurfer.css" rel="stylesheet">
<script src="video.min.js"></script>

<script src="wavesurfer.min.js"></script>

The plugin automatically registers itself when the videojs.wavesurfer.js script is loaded:

<script src="videojs.wavesurfer.js"></script>

Add an audio element:

<audio id="myClip" class="video-js vjs-default-skin"></audio>

Or video element:

<video id="myClip" class="video-js vjs-default-skin"></video>

Plugin Options

Configure the player using the video.js options, and enable the plugin by adding a wavesurfer entry with the related wavesurfer.js options:

var player = videojs('myClip',
    controls: true,
    autoplay: true,
    loop: false,
    fluid: false,
    width: 600,
    height: 300,
    plugins: {
        wavesurfer: {
            src: 'media/hal.wav',
            msDisplayMax: 10,
            debug: true,
            waveColor: 'grey',
            progressColor: 'black',
            cursorColor: 'black',
            hideScrollbar: true

The additional options for this plugin are:

option type default description
src string null The URL of the audio/video file or 'live' when using the microphone plugin.
peaks string null The URL of the JSON file with peak data corresponding to the source audio/video file. This allows the waveform to be created from pre-rendered peak data. This file can be generated using the bbc/audiowaveform utility.
debug boolean false Display internal log messages using the videojs.log method.
msDisplayMax float 3 Indicates the number of seconds that is considered the boundary value for displaying milliseconds in the time controls. An audio clip with a total length of 2 seconds and a msDisplayMax of 3 will use the format M:SS:MMM. Clips with a duration that is longer than msDisplayMax will be displayed as M:SS or HH:MM:SS.


See the full audio example (demo or source) and the video example (demo or source).

To try out the examples locally, download the zipfile and unpack it, or checkout the repository using Git:

git clone

And install the dependencies using npm:

cd videojs-wavesurfer
npm install

Build the library and assets once:

npm run build

And start the local webserver for the examples:

npm run start

And open http://localhost:8080/examples/index.html in a browser.


Methods for this plugin documented below are available on the wavesurfer method of the video.js player instance. For example:

player.on('ready', function() {
Method Description
destroy Destroys the wavesurfer instance and children (including the video.js player).
load(url) Load the clip at url. Also supports loading File or Blob objects.
setVolume(level) Set the volume level (value between 0.0 and 1.0).
play Start playback.
pause Pause playback.
getDuration Get the length of the stream in seconds. Returns 0 if no stream is available (yet).
getCurrentTime Get the current time (in seconds) of the stream during playback. Returns 0 if no stream is available (yet).
exportImage(format, quality) Save waveform image as data URI. Default format is 'image/png'.
setAudioOutput(deviceId) Change the audio output device using its deviceId.

Other wavesurfer.js methods

You can access the wavesurfer instance, for example to call the wavesurfer.js seekTo method, by using the surfer property of the wavesurfer plugin instance:



Plugin events that are available on the video.js player instance. For example:

player.on('waveReady', function(event) {
    console.log('waveform is ready!');
Event Description
waveReady Audio is loaded, decoded and the waveform is drawn.
playbackFinish Audio playback finished.
audioOutputReady Audio output was changed and is now active.
error Error occurred.

Customizing controls

To disable and hide specific controls, use the video.js controlBar option:

controlBar: {
    // hide fullscreen control
    fullscreenToggle: false

Responsive layout

The fluid option for video.js will resize the player according to the size of the window.

Configure the player; enable the video.js 'fluid' option:

fluid: true

See the full fluid example (demo or source).

Text Tracks

Text tracks (or captions/subtitles) are a feature of HTML5 for displaying time-triggered text to the user. Video.js offers a cross-browser implementation of text tracks. For more information, check the documentation.

Text tracks screenshot

See the full texttrack example (demo or source).

Microphone plugin

It's also possible to use a microphone for real-time rendering of the audio waveform. This uses the microphone plugin that comes with wavesurfer.js.

Include the additional wavesurfer.microphone.js plugin on your page.

<script src="wavesurfer.microphone.min.js"></script>

Add an audio element:

<audio id="myLiveAudio" class="video-js vjs-default-skin"></audio>

Configure the player: use the value 'live' for the src option:

var player = videojs('myLiveAudio', {
    controls: true,
    width: 600,
    height: 300,
    plugins: {
        wavesurfer: {
            src: 'live',
            debug: true,
            waveColor: 'black',
            cursorWidth: 0,
            interact: false,
            hideScrollbar: true

The microphone plugin has additional configuration options.

See the full live example (demo or source).

Change audio output or input device

If your device has multiple audio output devices, use setAudioOutput(deviceId) to change the active audio output device, and listen for the audioOutputReady event to be notified when the new output device is active.

// change audio output device

See the full output example (demo or source).

If your device has multiple audio input devices and you want to display these devices and allow the user to choose one, check out the the full input example (demo or source).


The webpack wiki page shows how to configure webpack for videojs-wavesurfer.

Using with React

The React wiki page wiki page shows how to get started with React and videojs-wavesurfer using the create-react-app tool.

Alternatively, the react example shows how to integrate this plugin in a React component (demo or source).

More features using other plugins

Check the plugin example that extends the player with the wavesurfer.js cursor plugin (demo or source).

The Video.js community created lots of plugins that can be used to enhance the player's functionality. Plugins actually tested with videojs-wavesurfer:

  • videojs-record - Adds support for recording audio/video/image files.


Install dependencies using npm:

npm install

Build development and minified versions of the library and stylesheets:

npm run build

Generated files are placed in the dist directory.

During development:

npm run start

This will watch the source directory and rebuild when any changes are detected. It will also serve the files on

All commands for development are listed in the package.json file and are run using:

npm run <command>


This work is licensed under the MIT License.


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