Delete a TextTrack from a video

Is there a good way to delete a single TextTrack added via JavaScript to a HTML5 <video> tag? The following code is a simple demo of how to add a track, but I haven't found a good way to remove one:




There is no mechanism to remove an added text-track (probably a flaw (?) in the current specification. There is also an onremovetrack event but...).

The only thing we can do is to disable or hide it. Make sure you keep a reference to the track:

var video = document.querySelector('video#myVideo');
var track = video.addTextTrack("...");
track.mode = "showing";  // when cues are added and is ready

Then when you no longer need it:

track.mode = "disabled"; // or "hidden"

(you might get around resetting the src as well, but I haven't tried this..)


Implementation of TextTrackList

Please refer to this URL first if you did not read.

It metioned that

onremovetrack An event handler to call when the removetrack event is sent, indicating that a text track has been removed from the media element.


<video src="foo.ogv">
    <track kind="subtitles" label="English subtitles" src="subtitles_en.vtt" srclang="en" default>
    <track kind="subtitles" label="Deutsche Untertitel" src="subtitles_de.vtt" srclang="de">

videoElement.textTracks console output

var videoElement = document.querySelector("video");

TextTrackList {0: TextTrack, 1: TextTrack, length: 2, onchange: null, onaddtrack: null, onremovetrack: null}
0: TextTrack {kind: "subtitles", label: "English subtitles", language: "en", id: "", mode: "showing", …}
1: TextTrack {kind: "subtitles", label: "Deutsche Untertitel", language: "de", id: "", mode: "disabled", …}
length: 2

The above quotation means when Video DOM element removed it will trigger onremovetrack. See this example.

videoElement.textTracks.onremovetrack = function(event){
    console.log('DOM removed',event)

DOM removed TrackEvent {isTrusted: true, track: TextTrack, type: "removetrack", target: TextTrackList, currentTarget: TextTrackList, …}

Remove Track

var videoElement = document.querySelector("video");
videoElement.removeChild(videoElement.children[0]); //remove English subtitle

// you need iterlate videoElement.textTracks and find index according to language
var i =0;
var targetLanguage = "de";
for (let track of videoElement.textTracks){
    if(track.language !== targetLanguage){

Disable Track

videoElement.textTracks[0].mode = "disabled"; // Disable English
videoElement.textTracks[1].mode = "showing";  // Enable Deutsche

I solved this using javascript (tested works with 1 or more tracks):

Get the media player object in the DOM using some sort of selector, then get all it's tracks, then remove them one by one by iterating through the array in reverse order.

var player = videojs(document.getElementById(playerId));
var tracks = player.remoteTextTracks();
var numTracks = tracks.length;
for(var i = numTracks - 1; i >=0 ; i--) {


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