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The decodeURIComponent() function decodes a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) component previously created by encodeURIComponent or by a similar routine.

Syntax

decodeURIComponent(encodedURI)

Parameters

encodedURI
An encoded component of a Uniform Resource Identifier.

Return value

A new string representing the decoded version of the given encoded Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) component.

Exceptions

Throws an URIError ("malformed URI sequence") exception when used wrongly.

Description

Replaces each escape sequence in the encoded URI component with the character that it represents.

Examples

Decoding a Cyrillic URL component

decodeURIComponent('JavaScript_%D1%88%D0%B5%D0%BB%D0%BB%D1%8B');
// "JavaScript_шеллы"

Catching errors

try { 
  var a = decodeURIComponent('%E0%A4%A'); 
} catch(e) { 
  console.error(e); 
}

// URIError: malformed URI sequence

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 3rd Edition (ECMA-262) Standard Initial definition.
ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'decodeURIComponent' in that specification.
Standard  
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'decodeURIComponent' in that specification.
Standard  
ECMAScript Latest Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'decodeURIComponent' in that specification.
Draft  

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobileServer
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung InternetNode.js
Basic supportChrome Full support YesEdge Full support YesFirefox Full support 1IE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yesnodejs Full support Yes

Legend

Full support  
Full support

See also

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