AV1 is a next generation codec developed by the Alliance for Open Media. AV1 improves compression efficiency by 30% over the current state-of-the-art video codec, VP9. The AV1 decoder will be added to Chrome Desktop x86 devices (Windows, macOS, Linux, Chrome OS) based on the official bitstream specification. At this time, support is limited to “Main” profile 0 and does not include encoding capabilities. The supported container is ISO-BMFF (MP4).


Specification link

Final published standard: Recommendation, Living Standard, Candidate Recommendation, or similar final form

Status in Chromium


Enabled by default (tracking bug)

Consensus & Standardization

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



This feature is enabled by the #enable-av1-decoder flag.

Search tags

AV1, aomedia, libaom, codec, video, media,

Last updated on 2022-01-22