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Shikwasa is an web audio player born for podcast. If you're tired of using music players as a substitute to play podcast, you've come to the right place. SAY NO to players that does not even support podcast common features!

  • 🚀 Ultra lightweight
  • 🐣 Dependency free
  • 🎬 Podcast chapters
  • 🏎 Playback speed control
  • 🎮 Skip forward/backward
  • 👓 Accessibility-aware
  • 🌙 Dark Mode
  • SSR compatible
  • Playlist

➡️DEMO here⬅️

📖Table of Contents


npm install shikwasa

Also available on CDN: https://www.jsdelivr.com/package/npm/shikwasa


  1. include stylesheet and script

       <link rel="stylesheet" href="shikwasa.min.css">
       <script src="shikwasa.min.js"></script> 
  2. Specify a container for the player to be injected into. For example:

     <div class="element-of-your-choice">
       <!-- this is where the player will be injected -->
  3. Create an instance of the player

     // an example with basic init options
     const player = new Shikwasa({
       container: () => document.querySelector('.elementOfYourChoice'),
       audio: {
         title: 'Hello World!',
         artist: 'Shikwasa FM',
         cover: 'image.png',
         src: 'audio.mp3',

    Any child nodes inside container will be cleared upon the time Shiwkasa mounts.

  4. If you use module system, import like this:

     import 'shikwasa/dist/shikwasa.min.css'
     import Shikwasa from 'shikwasa'
     const player = new Shikwasa(options)

To use the Chapter feature, you need to import the chapter script and stylesheets as well. View details




Start playing the current audio. Updating audio via this method is deprecated, please use update(audio) instead.


Pause the current audio.


Toggle audio play state between play and pause.


Seek the audio to the new time. time is a number that specifies target playback time in seconds.


Passing an audio object in will replace the current audio source.

    title: 'Embrace the universe with a cup of shikwasa juice',
    artist: 'Shikwasa',
    cover: 'image.png',
    src: 'sourceAudio.mp3'


Destroy the player instance.

.on(event, callback)

Register an event listener. Supported events see: Events



  • Read-only
  • type: Number
  • default: 0

The current playback time. Similar to the native HTMLMediaElement.currentTime.


  • type: Boolean
  • default: options.muted

The current mute state of the player. Similar to the native HTMLMediaElement.muted, except thatmuted's value will not be affected when audio source is updated.


  • type: Number
  • default: 1

The current playbackRate of the player. Similar to the native HTMLMediaElement.playbackRate, except thatplaybackRate's value will not be affected when audio source is updated.


  • type: Number|NaN
  • default: audio.duration || options.audio.duration



(Required) The target audio to be played. If duration is passed in, players with preload option set to none will have a audio duration time display before the audio metadata is fetched. However, after the audio metadata is loaded, this prop will be ignored.

  • required
  • type: Object
  • default: null
  • properties:
  audio: {
    title: String,
    artist: String,
    cover: String,
    src: String,
    duration: Number,  // optional
    album: String,  // optional, album text will only display in Mediametadata, not visible in player UI.


(Optional) The container element for the player. If document is not available in the env, pass a function that will return the container element.

  • type: HTMLElement
  • default: () => document.querySelector('body')


(Optional) Whether player should be fixed to viewport.

  • type: Object
  • default:
fixed: {
  type: 'auto',
  position: 'bottom',
  • details:
Property Type Description
type String either auto, static or fixed
auto: player position is controlled by media queries. Normally the player stays static, but on small screens it will be fixed to viewport
static: force the player to remain static regardless of screen width
fixed: force the player to fix to viewport
position String either bottom or top
⚠️Note: position will be ignored when type is set to static


(Optional) Theme color of the player.

  • type: String
  • default: #00869B


(Optional) If audio should autoplay on load. ⚠️Note: Chrome and Safari disable audio autoplay unless muted is set to true by default. To comply with this policy, see details in Chrome Developers and Webkit Announcement.

  • type: Boolean
  • default: false


Whether audio should be muted by default. Similar to HTMLMediaElement's defaultMuted.

  • type: Boolean
  • default: false


(Optional) Choose from auto, metadata and none. For details view MDN Doumentation.

If a parser is used, the audio will be requested immediately on page load for the parser to work properly, even if preload is set to none.

  • type: String
  • default: metadata


(Optional) The playback speed range. Each value of the array should be between the range of 0.25 to 5.0, or will likely be ignored by certain browsers.

  • type: Array
  • default: [0.5, 0.75, 1.25, 1.5]


(Optional) Whether the current audio source is download-able. When set to true, the player will provide an anchor with downlaod attribute and href set to audio.src. Cross-origin href will not prompt download due to anchor's nature, but you can offer an alternative blob:, data: url or a same-origin direct download link(DDL).

  • type: Boolean|String
  • default: false
  • alternatives:
download: true
// or with a url
download: 'data:audio/mp3;base64,...'


(Optional) To focus on the player itself as well as to maintain Shikwasa as efficient as possible, we don't extract data from audio files. If you don't have control over the chapter data but would like to implement chapter feature, we support using jsmediatags as an external parser to parse the current audio's metadata.

It will read the audio's title, artist, duration and chapters, meaning you don't have to provide these four properties into audio manually unless you preferred your own. Priority: property values passed to audio > parsed data.

  • type: Null|Object
  • default: null
  • usage:
  npm install jsmediatags // https://github.com/aadsm/jsmediatags
  import jsmediatags from 'jsmediatags'
  new Shikwasa({
  parser: jsmediatags,
  audio: { src: ... },

⚠️Note: If audio.src is not of the same origin, proper CORS configuration will be needed to use the parser. Due to jsmediatags limitation, relative urls are not supported. Please use absolute urls for audio.src.


Support all HTMLMediaElement native events.

Player events:

audioupdate: fired when audio source is updated.

audioparse: fired when audio file data is parsed.


Shikwasa will support chapter display and seeking with the chapter plugin. To use:

  1. Register the chapter plugin before creating a Shikwasa instance.

     import Chapter as 'shikwasa/dist/shikwasa.chapter.cjs'
     import 'shikwasa/dist/shikwasa.chapter.min.css'
     new Shikwasa({...})
  2. This does not guarantee that the audio will display chapters. To display chapters, you need to provide chapter data to the player.

    If you don't have direct access to the chapter data, Shikwasa has built-in support to work with jsmediatags to read and extract the data from the audio file;

  • (1) To manually provide chapters, add the chapters property when passing audio in options or .update(audio).

      audio: {
        chapters: [  // Array, optional
          { title, startTime, endTime }, // the first chapter
          { title, startTime, endTime }, // the second chatper

    The structure of a single chapter object:

    Property Type Description
    title String chapter title
    startTime Number chapter start time in seconds
    endTime Number chapter end time in seconds

    ⚠️Note: endTime should be the same as startTime of the next chapter.

  • (2) To use an external parser, pass jsmediatags in the parser options. How to use a parser?

(1) will take higher priority.

Registering Chapter plugin will empower Shikwasa instance with the following API:


Seek the audio to the target chapter. index is the index of of chapters array.


  • Read-only
  • type: Array
  • default: []

Chapter metadata of the current audio, if any. See Chapter.


  • Read-only
  • type: Null|Object
  • default: null

Indicate which chapter is currently on play, if any. See Chapter.


chapterchange: fired when currentChapter changes.


Under v2.0.0:

  • supporting audio id3 metadata --currently working on this one
  • cleaner & sleeker interface
  • dark mode
  • a complete rewrite
  • keyboard support


  • rewrittern with Typescript
  • podcast playlist

What about the weird name of this project?

Shikwasa is the name of a popular citrus fruit from Okinawa, Japan. 🍊

Love it, name after it.




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