Web Real-Time Communications Working Group


As defined in its charter, the mission of the Web Real-Time Communications Working Group, created in May 2011, and renewed in July 2015 and again in July 2018, is to define client-side APIs to enable Real-Time Communications in Web browsers.


The current roadmap of the group is delayed compared to the proposed schedule in the charter. The updated schedule (where agreed) is detailed below.

Specification Internal draft TR Working draft Wide Review/Last Call Implementors feedback (CR) Standard (Rec) Test Suite Notes
WebRTC 1.0: Real-time Communication Between Browsers Repository, Issues, Editors draft
Same as editors draft Started Oct 2015 2018-06-21 Q1 2019 Repository, Test suite
Media Capture and Streams (getUserMedia) Repository, Issues, Editors draft
14 Apr 2015 19 May 2016 Q1 2019 Repository, Test suite
MediaStream Recording Repository, Editors draft
8 Sep 2015 Q4 2017 Q3 2018
MediaStream Image Capture Repository, Issues, Editors draft
27 Jan 2015 Q4 2017 Q4 2018
Media Capture Depth Stream Extensions Repository, Issues, Editors draft
26 Feb 2016
Media Capture from DOM Elements Repository, Issues, Editors draft
19 Feb 2015 Q4 2017 Q3 2018
Audio output devices API Repository, issues, Editors draft
10 Feb 2015 19 Oct 2016 2017-10-03
Identifiers for WebRTC's Statistics API Repository, Editors draft
6 Feb 2015 3 July 2018 Q1 2019 Q3 2019
Screen Capture Repository, issues, Editors draft
10 Feb 2015
MediaStreamTrack Content Hints Repository, issues, Editors draft 3 Jul 2018
WebRTC DSCP Control API Repository, issues, Editors draft 3 Jul 2018

MediaStream Capture Scenarios

(as part of the Media Capture Task Force)

This non-normative document will end as a Working Group Note.

Documents and Logistics

The Web Real-Time Communications Working Group's wiki documents ongoing works, draft documents and other working materials and logistics information.


If you are employed by a W3C Member and want to join this group, please ask your Advisory Committee Representative to nominate you to the group as explained in the relevant instructions.

If you are not employed by W3C Member and have specific expertise to bring to this group, the said instructions explain how to get Invited Expert status.

See the list of current participants.


The main communication channel for this group is the publicly archived mailing-list <public-webrtc@w3.org>.

We track open bugs on our specs using Github’ issue tracker in the relevant repositories.

The Media Capture Task Force working on the definition of the getUserMedia() API and other media stream related APIs, uses the publicly archived mailing list <public-media-capture@w3.org>.

Member-confidential messages and logistical discussions can be addressed to the member-only archived mailing-list <member-webrtc@w3.org>.

Useful Documents

Some documents of interest to participants in the Working Group:


The group meets on an ad-hoc basis week on the phone. Please check the mailing-list for logistics information.

Minutes: Nov 9 2016 Virtual Interim, Sep 23 2016 F2F (TPAC), Sep 22 2016 F2F (TPAC), Jun 28 2016 Virtual Interim, May 27 2016 Virtual Interim, Feb 25 2016 Virtual Interim, Jan 14 2016 Virtual Interim, Oct 30 2015 F2F, Oct 29 2015 F2F, Sep 10 2015 F2F, Sep 9 2015 F2F, Apr 28 2015 teleconf (group rechartering), Oct 30-31st 2014 F2F (TPAC), May 21 2014 F2F, May 20 2014 F2F, Apr 28 2014, Dec 19 2013, Nov 12 2013 F2F, Nov 11 2013 F2F, Sep 3 2013, June 5 2013 (Promises), Feb 7 2013 F2F, Jan 10 2013, Dec 13 2012, Oct 30 2012 F2F, Oct 29 2012 F2F, Sep 17 2012, Aug 28 2012, Jun 11 2012 F2F, Apr 10 teleconf, Mar 13 2012 teleconf, Feb 1 2012 F2F, 15 Dec 2011 teleconf, Nov 1 2011 F2F, Oct 31 2011 F2F, Oct 5 2011 teleconf, Aug 31 2011 teleconf, Jul 23 2011 F2F, Jul 12 2011 teleconf, May 19 2011 teleconf

The calls of the Media Capture task force are logged on the task force home page.

Past F2F in Lisbon, Portugal / TPAC 2016 (Sep 22-23 2016)

The group held a F2F during W3C TPAC 2016 on Sep 22-23 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal:
Agenda, minutes day 1, minutes day 2.

Past F2F in Sapporo, Japan / TPAC 2015 (Oct 29-30 2015)

The group held a F2F during W3C TPAC 2015 on Oct 29-30 2015 in Sapporo, Japan:
Agenda, minutes day 1, minutes day 2.

Past F2F in Seattle/Redmond, WA, USA (Sep 9-10 2015)

The group held a F2F meeting on Sep 9-10 2015 in Redmond, WA, USA hosted by Microsoft:
Agenda, minutes day 1, minutes day 2, summary of decisions.

Past F2F in Shenzhen, China and Seattle, USA (Nov 11-12 2013)

Minutes November 11 Minutes November 12

Past F2F in Bedford, MA, USA (Feb 7 2013)

The group held its sixth F2F meeting on February 7 in Bedford, MA, USA, combined with a F2F meeting of the Media Capture Task Force and an interim meeting of the IETF RTCWeb and MMusic Working Groups: agenda, minutes.

Past F2F in Lyon, France (October 29-30 2012)

The group held its fifth F2F meeting on October 29-30 2012 in Lyon, France as part of TPAC: agenda, minutes day 1, minutes day 2.

Past F2F in Stockholm, Sweden (June 11 2012)

The group held its fourth F2F meeting on June 11 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden: agenda, minutes.

Past F2F in Mountain View, USA (Feb 1st 2012)

The group held its third F2F meeting on February 1st 2012 in Mountain View, USA: agenda, minutes.

Past F2F in Santa Clara, USA (Oct/Nov 2011)

The group held its second F2F meeting on Monday 31 October and Tuesday 1 November 2011 in Santa Clara, USA, during W3C TPAC 2011: agenda, Minutes day 1/2 and Minutes day 2/2, summary.

Past F2F in Quebec City, Canada (July 2011)

The group held its first F2F meeting on Saturday 23 July 2011, in Quebec City (Quebec City Convention Centre), Canada, co-located with the IETF 81 Meeting: agenda, minutes.

Patent Policy

This group operates under the W3C Patent Policy — see its Patent Policy status for more details.