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Media Element provides HTML5 video and audio elements by using
mediaelement.js . This is a jQuery based JavaScript plugin that
enables the video and audio tags using h.264 to work under browsers
that do not support the tag or the codec and provides a consistent
interface across all browsers.

This is a port from the Drupal module of the same name, version 7.x-1.2


This is a working port but please report any problems.


  • Download MediaElement from

  • Unzip into a libraries directory supported by the libraries module
    with the name mediaelement (e.g., libraries/mediaelement). Note
    that the essential library files are in subdirectory /build
    i.e. libraries/mediaelement/build

  • Install the libraries and mediaelement modules using the official
    Backdrop CMS instructions at

  • Use the configuration page at /admin/config/media/mediaelement to
    check that the library is working and optionally to
    enable mediaelement.js site wide.

Usage example

  • Add a field of type file to your content type, making sure that
    upload of an appropriate file type is allowed e.g. mp3

  • Configure the display settings for this field (using Manage Display),
    selecting the format MediaElement Audio or MediaElement Video as appropriate.

  • Adjust the width and height format settings if necessary.


This project is GPL v2 software. See the LICENSE.txt
file in this directory for complete text.

Ported to Backdrop

Graham Oliver (


Maintainers for Drupal:

  • Dave Reid
  • Matt Farina (mfer)


This port to Backdrop would not, of course, be possible without all
the work done by the developers and maintainers of the Drupal module.