This method has been deprecated. Use tabs.query({active: true}) instead.

Gets the tab that is selected in the specified window.

This is an asynchronous function that returns a Promise.


var gettingSelected = browser.tabs.getSelected(
  windowId           // optional integer


integer. Defaults to the current window.

Return value

A Promise that will be fulfilled with a tabs.Tab object containing information about the selected tab. If the tab could not be found or some other error occurs, the promise will be rejected with an error message.

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxOperaSafariFirefox for Android
Chrome Full support YesEdge Full support 79Firefox No support NoOpera No support NoSafari Full support 14Firefox Android No support No


Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.

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.