HTML <applet> Tag

The <applet> tag was used to define an embedded Java applet. The use of Java applets is now deprecated as most browsers no longer support the use of plug-ins, including the Java plug-in.

The <applet> element can contain other HTML tags and text between its opening and closing tags.

Some browsers still support the <applet> tag, but they require additional plug-in or installations to work.

This element is a deprecated HTML tag in HTML 4.01 and is entirely obsolete in HTML5. Use the <object> or <embed> element instead.


The <applet> tag comes in pairs. The content is written between the opening (<applet>) and closing (</applet>) tags.

Example of the HTML <applet> tag:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <applet code="game.class" align="left" archive="" height="250" width="350">
      <param name="difficulty" value="easy">
      <b>You need Java to play this game.</b>


applet exemple

Example of the HTML <object> tag used as a replacement for the <applet> tag:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <object codetype="application/java" classid="java:programmingtutorials.class" height="200" width="200">Programming Tutorials</object>


Attribute Value Description
align left
Is used to position the applet according to other elements.
alt text Is used to create an alternate text for the applet.
archive URL Is used to define the archive file's location.
code URL Is used to define the Java applet's name.
object name Is used to define a reference to a serialized representation of an applet.
codebase URL Gives a relative base URL for applets specified in the code attribute.
height pixels Defines the height of the applet.
hspace pixels Is used to define the horizontal space around the applet.
name name Is used to give a name for the applet.
vspace pixels Is used to define vertical space around an applet.
width pixel Is used to define the width of an applet.

Browser support

chrome firefox safari opera

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