Understanding the HTML Tag: embed

In this tutorial, we will be discussing the HTML <embed> tag and how to use it properly. This tag is a powerful tool that allows you to embed multimedia content like videos, audio files, and even Flash animations into your web pages.

What is the Tag?

The <embed> tag in HTML is used to embed external content into an HTML document. It can handle various types of content including .swf (Shockwave Flash) files, which are commonly used for interactive web applications and games.

Syntax of the Tag

<embed src="URL" width="px" height="px">

The above syntax shows three attributes: ‘src’, ‘width’, and ‘height’. Let’s break them down:

  • ‘src’: This attribute specifies the URL of the embedded content.
  • ‘width’: This attribute defines the width of the embedded content in pixels.
  • ‘height’: This attribute sets the height of the embedded content in pixels.

An Example Usage of

<embed src="animation.swf" width="500" height="300">

In this example, we’re embedding a .swf file named “animation.swf”. The dimensions of this embedded file are set to 500 pixels wide by 300 pixels tall. Remember to replace “animation.swf” with your actual .swf file path or URL.


The <embed> tag is an empty element, meaning it does not have a closing tag. Also, ensure the dimensions specified in the ‘width’ and ‘height’ attributes are appropriate for your content to avoid distortion.


The HTML <embed> tag is a versatile tool that can greatly enhance the interactivity of your web pages by allowing you to embed various types of multimedia content. However, with great power comes great responsibility – always ensure that any embedded content enhances the user experience and is used ethically and legally.

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