Webcam in HTML5

On my new project I used to run webcam. Project itself will develop through HTML5 so there is no doubt that to run webcam I have to use HTML5.

I had something good for you that you can run webcam in website.
See below live example that runs in Opera 12 and above and Chrome 20.0 and above and Firefox Nightly.

Live Demo of webcam in HTML5

Mobile browser is also supporting this feature. like Firefox Mobile, Android 3.0, Opera for android, Chrome for android, iOS Safari 6.0 etc.,

Here I have given a simple basic code with explanation that is used in the complex live example.

Example code with tutorial

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <title>HTML5 Front Camera</title>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, user-scalable=yes">
    <meta name="author" content="Mitesh Maheta">
    <div role="main">
<!--Webcam's screen is video tag screen -->
        <video id="sourcevid" autoplay>Install browser's latest version.</video>
// Main API which makes webcam to communicate.
   <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">
       video = document.getElementById('sourcevid');
// Catch stream from the camera using getUserMedia. Syntax is different as per the borwser. for ex. webkitGetUserMedia - Chrome, mozGetUserMedia- Mozilla Firefox.
       navigator.getUserMedia = navigator.getUserMedia || navigator.webkitGetUserMedia ||  navigator.mozGetUserMedia || navigator.msGetUserMedia;
    window.URL = window.URL || window.webkitURL || window.mozURL || window.msURL;
// Check if browser supports or not.
    if (navigator.getUserMedia) {
// specially used this syntax for chrome. Other browser supports {video:true,audio:true}
          var options = {video: true, toString: function(){return 'video';}};
//Main method call to run webcam
          navigator.getUserMedia(options, success, error);
//If Media streaming is success, This function will called.
          function success(stream) {
// Replace the source of the video element with the stream from the camera
            video.src = window.URL.createObjectURL(stream) || stream;
//If Media streaming is fail, This function will call.   
        function error(error) {
            console.error('An error occurred: [CODE ' + error.code + ']');
// When browser does not support getUserMedia.
    else {
        var errorMsg = '<p>Uh oh, it appears your browser doesn\'t support this feature.</p>';
        document.querySelector('[role=main]').innerHTML = errorMsg;


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