Moves one or more tabs to a new position in the same window or to a different window.

You can only move tabs to and from windows whose WindowType is "normal".


  tabIds,              // integer or integer array
  moveProperties,      // object
  function(tabs) {...} // optional function

This API is also available as browser.tabs.move() in a version that returns a promise.


integer or array of integer. ID of the tab to move, or an array of tab IDs.
object. An object that specifies where to move the tab(s).
integer. The ID of the window to which you want to move the tab(s). If you omit this, then each tab in tabIds will be moved to index in its current window. If you include this, and tabIds contains more than one tab, then the first tab in tabIds will be moved to index, and the other tabs will follow it in the order given in tabIds.
integer. The index position to move the tab to, starting at 0. A value of -1 will place the tab at the end of the window.
If you pass a value less than -1, the function will throw an error.
Note that you can't move pinned tabs to a position after any unpinned tabs in a window, or move any unpinned tabs to a position before any pinned tabs. For example, if you have one or more pinned tabs in the target window and tabIds refers to an unpinned tab, then you can't pass 0 here. If you try to do this, the function will silently fail (it will not throw an error).
function. The function is passed the following arguments:
tabs.Tab or array of tabs.Tab. Details about the moved tabs.
In Firefox, if no tabs were moved (for example, because you tried to move an unpinned tab before a pinned tab) this will be an empty array. In Chrome, this will pass the tabs that you tried to move, with their indices updated to the destination indices you asked for, even if the tabs were not actually moved.

Browser compatibility

Chrome Edge Firefox Firefox for Android Opera
Basic support Yes No 46.0 No 33


Move the first tab in the current window to the last position in the current window:

function firstToLast(windowInfo) {
  if (windowInfo.tabs.length == 0) {
  chrome.tabs.move(windowInfo.tabs[0].id, {index: -1});

chrome.browserAction.onClicked.addListener(function() {{populate: true}, firstToLast);

Move all tabs served over HTTP or HTTPS from * to be the first tab in their window:

function moveMoz(tabs) {
  var mozTabIds = =>;
  chrome.tabs.move(mozTabIds, {index: 0});

chrome.browserAction.onClicked.addListener(function() {
  chrome.tabs.query({url:"*://**"}, moveMoz);

Move all tabs served over HTTP or HTTPS from * to the window that hosts the first such tab, starting at position 0:

function moveMoz(tabs) {
  var mozTabIds = =>;
  var targetWindow = tabs[0].windowId;
  chrome.tabs.move(mozTabIds, {windowId: targetWindow, index: 0});

chrome.browserAction.onClicked.addListener(function() {
  chrome.tabs.query({url:"*://**"}, moveMoz);

Example add-ons


This API is based on Chromium's chrome.tabs API. This documentation is derived from tabs.json in the Chromium code.

Microsoft Edge compatibility data is supplied by Microsoft Corporation and is included here under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.

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