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Webcam component for React. See this for browser compatibility.

Note: Browsers will throw an error if the page is loaded from insecure origin. I.e. Use https.


npm install react-webcam



import React from "react";
import Webcam from "react-webcam";

class Component extends React.Component {
  render() {
    return <Webcam />;


prop type default notes
className string '' CSS class of video element
audio boolean true enable/disable audio
height number 480 height of video element
width number 640 width of video element
minScreenshotWidth number min width of screenshot
minScreenshotHeight number min height of screenshot
style object style prop passed to video element
screenshotFormat string 'image/webp' format of screenshot
imageSmoothing boolean true pixel smoothing of the screenshot taken
onUserMedia function noop callback for when component receives a media stream
onUserMediaError function noop callback for when component can't receive a media stream with MediaStreamError param
screenshotQuality number 0.92 quality of screenshot(0 to 1)
audioConstraints object MediaStreamConstraint(s) for the audio
videoConstraints object MediaStreamConstraints(s) for the video


getScreenshot - Returns a base64 encoded string of the current webcam image. Example:

class WebcamCapture extends React.Component {
  setRef = webcam => { = webcam;

  capture = () => {
    const imageSrc =;

  render() {
    const videoConstraints = {
      width: 1280,
      height: 720,
      facingMode: "user"

    return (
        <button onClick={this.capture}>Capture photo</button>

Choosing a camera

User/Selfie/forward facing camera

class WebcamCapture extends React.Component {
  render() {
    const videoConstraints = {
      facingMode: "user"

    return <Webcam videoConstraints={videoConstraints} />;

Environment/Facing-Out camera

class WebcamCapture extends React.Component {
  render() {
    const videoConstraints = {
      facingMode: { exact: "environment" }

    return <Webcam videoConstraints={videoConstraints} />;

For more information on facingMode, please see the MDN web docs

Using in iframes

The Webcam component will fail to load when used inside cross-origin iframes in newer version of Chrome (> 64). In order to overcome this security restriction a special allow attribute needs to be added to the iframe tag specifying microphone and camera as the required permissions like in the below example:

<iframe src="" allow="camera; microphone;"/>




Many thanks to @cezary for his work on this component.

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