H.264 software encoder/decoder in Chrome for WebRTC

Include a H.264 video codec encoder and decoder in Chrome for use with WebRTC. At IETF in late november 2014, a compromise was reached with the main contributors to WebRTC to ship both VP8 and H.264. This launch is to follow up in this public commitment. The plan is to use the OpenH264 (same lib as Firefox uses) for encoding and FFmpeg (which is already used elsewhere in Chrome) for decoding.


Editor's draft

Status in Chromium


Enabled by default (tracking bug) in:

  • Chrome for desktop release 52
  • Chrome for Android release 52
  • Android WebView release 52

Consensus & Standardization

After a feature ships in Chrome, the values listed here are not guaranteed to be up to date.

  • Shipped
  • Public support
  • No public signals
  • No signals


Last updated on 2020-06-07