MediaElement.AutoPlay Property

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Gets or sets a value that indicates whether media will begin playback automatically when the Source property is set.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Controls
Assembly:  System.Windows (in System.Windows.dll)


Public Property AutoPlay As Boolean
public bool AutoPlay { get; set; }
<MediaElement AutoPlay="bool" .../>

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if playback is automatic; otherwise, false. The default value is true.


Dependency property identifier field: AutoPlayProperty

In code, set this property to false before setting the Source property to pause the media at load time. Call the Play method to start media playback. When opened, the media will be in Stopped state.

Version Information


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0


For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.