Document: location property

The Document.location read-only property returns a Location object, which contains information about the URL of the document and provides methods for changing that URL and loading another URL.

Though Document.location is a read-only Location object, you can also assign a string to it. This means that you can work with document.location as if it were a string in most cases: document.location = '' is a synonym of document.location.href = ''. If you assign another string to it, browser will load the website you assigned.

To retrieve just the URL as a string, the read-only document.URL property can also be used.

If the current document is not in a browsing context, the returned value is null.


A Location object.


// Prints a Location object to the console


HTML Standard
# the-location-interface

Browser compatibility

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