Reload a tab, optionally bypassing the local web cache.

This is an asynchronous function that returns a Promise.


var reloading = browser.tabs.reload(
  tabId,            // optional integer
  reloadProperties  // optional object



integer. The ID of the tab to reload. Defaults to the selected tab of the current window.


An object with the following properties:


boolean. Bypass the local web cache. Default is false.

Return value

A Promise that will be fulfilled with no arguments when the tab has been reloaded. If any error occurs, the promise will be rejected with an error message.


Reload the active tab of the current window:


Reload the active tab of the current window, bypassing the cache:

browser.tabs.reload({bypassCache: true});

Reload the tab whose ID is 2, bypassing the cache and calling a callback when done:

function onReloaded() {

function onError(error) {
  console.log(`Error: ${error}`);

var reloading = browser.tabs.reload(2, {bypassCache: true});
reloading.then(onReloaded, onError);

Example extensions

Browser compatibility

BCD tables only load in the browser

Note: 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.