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Testing Widevine CDM

In Electron you can use the Widevine CDM library shipped with Chrome browser.

Getting the library

Open chrome://components/ in Chrome browser, find Widevine Content Decryption Module and make sure it is up to date, then you can find the library files from the application directory.

On Windows

The library file widevinecdm.dll will be under Program Files(x86)/Google/Chrome/Application/CHROME_VERSION/WidevineCdm/_platform_specific/win_(x86|x64)/ directory.

On MacOS

The library file libwidevinecdm.dylib will be under /Applications/Google Chrome.app/Contents/Versions/CHROME_VERSION/Google Chrome Framework.framework/Versions/A/Libraries/WidevineCdm/_platform_specific/mac_(x86|x64)/ directory.

Note: Make sure that chrome version used by Electron is greater than or equal to the min_chrome_version value of Chrome's widevine cdm component. The value can be found in manifest.json under WidevineCdm directory.

Using the library

After getting the library files, you should pass the path to the file with --widevine-cdm-path command line switch, and the library's version with --widevine-cdm-version switch. The command line switches have to be passed before the ready event of app module gets emitted.

Example code:

const { app, BrowserWindow } = require('electron')
  // You have to pass the directory that contains widevine library here, it is
  // * `libwidevinecdm.dylib` on macOS,
  // * `widevinecdm.dll` on Windows.
  app.commandLine.appendSwitch('widevine-cdm-path', '/path/to/widevine_library')
  // The version of plugin can be got from `chrome://plugins` page in Chrome.
  app.commandLine.appendSwitch('widevine-cdm-version', '')
  let win = null
  app.on('ready', () => {
    win = new BrowserWindow()

Verifying Widevine CDM support

To verify whether widevine works, you can use following ways: