Detect if video has audio

While working on the Web Stories for WordPress plugin and working on functionality to mute videos, there was a need to detect if a video already had audio or not. But doing some quick googling, I noticed there none of the answers I found online works well or at all. Worse yet, the answers were not written using modern javascript, either not using promises or using jQuery. So today, I am sharing this gist, in hopes that the next person who comes across this problem, has a workabout solution.

function hasAudio(video) {
return (
video.mozHasAudio ||
Boolean(video.webkitAudioDecodedByteCount) ||
function hasVideoGotAudio(src) {
const video = document.createElement('video');
video.muted = true;
video.crossOrigin = 'anonymous';
video.preload = 'auto';
return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
video.addEventListener('error', reject);
() => {
video.currentTime = 0.99;
{ once: true } // Important because 'canplay' can be fired hundreds of times.
video.addEventListener('seeked', () => resolve(hasAudio(video)), {
once: true,
video.src = src;
export default hasVideoGotAudio;
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