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Markers are specific points on a recording's timeline, which can be used for navigation within the recording or to automate the player.

Each marker is defined by its time and can have an optional label.

The player displays markers as dots inside the progress bar in the bottom part of the UI. When hovered, a marker shows the time and the label. Clicking on a marker moves the playback to its corresponding time position.

Markers are useful for defining chapters, or any points of interest, as well as act as breakpoints. They can be reacted on by listening for marker event, and they can also be used for programmatic seek.

There two ways of specifying markers for use in the player:

Setting markers

The easiest way of setting markers is by using markers option.

Example of setting unlabeled markers:

AsciinemaPlayer.create('/demo.cast', document.getElementById('demo'), {
  markers: [5.0, 25.0, 66.6, 176.5]  // time in seconds

Example of setting labeled markers:

AsciinemaPlayer.create('/demo.cast', document.getElementById('demo'), {
  markers: [
    [5.0,   "Installation"],  // time in seconds + label
    [25.0,  "Configuration"],
    [66.6,  "Usage"],
    [176.5, "Tips & Tricks"]

If you keep your recordings on or you self-host the server you can set markers on recording settings page.

Another way of defining markers is by embedding them directly in a recording. Note the lines with m code - those are marker definitions:

{"version": 2, "width": 80, "height": 24, "timestamp": 1700000000}
[0.248848, "o", "..."]
[1.001376, "o", "..."]
[1.500000, "m", "Intro"]
[2.143733, "o", "..."]
[5.758989, "o", "..."]
[6.000000, "m", "Installation"]
[7.543289, "o", "..."]
[8.625739, "o", "..."]
[15.000000, "m", "Usage"]
[16.643287, "o", "..."]
[17.389425, "o", "..."]

asciinema recorder can be configured to have a keyboard shortcut for adding markers during the recording session. If you have an existing recording you can edit the file with your favourite editor and insert marker lines as shown in the above example.

Markers as breakpoints

Markers can be configured to act as breakpoints, i.e. automatically pause the playback when reached.

Start the playback below and observe the player pausing as it reaches each marker.

This behaviour can be enabled with pauseOnMarkers option.

marker event

When the player encounters a marker during the playback it dispatches a marker event.

You can use it to react to a marker any way you want. Here we manually implement breakpoints by pausing the player using its API:

player.addEventListener('marker', _marker => {

Seeking to a marker

Markers can also be used as a seek target.

You can seek to next, previous or a specific marker:

// seek to next marker{ marker: 'next' });

// seek to previous marker{ marker: 'prev' });

// seek to a marker with index 2{ marker: 2 });

The following example shows how to implement looping over a section of a recording by combining marker event with seek method:

player.addEventListener('marker', ({ index, time, label }) => {
  console.log(`marker! ${index} - ${time} - ${label}`);

  if (index == 1) {{ marker: 0 });

Here's the result:

Keyboard navigation

The following keyboard shortcuts can be used to navigate between markers when the player element has input focus:

  • [ (left square bracket) - rewind to the previous marker
  • ] (right square bracket) - fast-forward to the next marker