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Because this technology's specification has not stabilized, check the compatibility table for usage in various browsers. Also note that the syntax and behavior of an experimental technology is subject to change in future versions of browsers as the specification changes.

The ExtendableEvent interface extends the lifetime of the install and activate events dispatched on the global scope as part of the service worker lifecycle. This ensures that any functional events (like FetchEvent) are not dispatched until it upgrades database schemas and deletes the outdated cache entries.

If waitUntil() is called outside of the ExtendableEvent handler, the browser should throw an InvalidStateError; note also that multiple calls will stack up, and the resulting promises will be added to the list of extend lifetime promises.

Note: The behaviour described in the above paragraph was fixed in Firefox 43 (see bug 1189644.)

This interface inherits from the Event interface.

Note: This interface is only available when the global scope is a ServiceWorkerGlobalScope. It is not available when it is a Window, or the scope of another kind of worker.


Creates a new ExtendableEvent object.


Doesn't implement any specific properties, but inherits properties from its parent, Event.


Inherits methods from its parent, Event.


Extends the lifetime of the event.  It is intended to be called in the install EventHandler for the installing worker and on the active EventHandler for the active worker.


This code snippet is from the service worker prefetch sample (see prefetch example live.) The code calls ExtendableEvent.waitUntil() in ServiceWorkerGlobalScope.oninstall, delaying treating the ServiceWorkerRegistration.installing worker as installed until the passed promise resolves successfully. The promise resolves when all resources have been fetched and cached, or else when any exception occurs.

The code snippet also shows a best practice for versioning caches used by the service worker. Though there's only one cache in this example, the same approach can be used for multiple caches. It maps a shorthand identifier for a cache to a specific, versioned cache name.

Note: In Chrome, logging statements are visible via the "Inspect" interface for the relevant service worker accessed via chrome://serviceworker-internals.

  prefetch: 'prefetch-cache-v' + CACHE_VERSION

self.addEventListener('install', function(event) {
  var urlsToPrefetch = [

  console.log('Handling install event. Resources to pre-fetch:', urlsToPrefetch);

    caches.open(CURRENT_CACHES['prefetch']).then(function(cache) {
      cache.addAll(urlsToPrefetch.map(function(urlToPrefetch) {
        return new Request(urlToPrefetch, {mode: 'no-cors'});
      })).then(function() {
        console.log('All resources have been fetched and cached.');
    }).catch(function(error) {
      console.error('Pre-fetching failed:', error);
Important: When fetching resources, it's very important to use {mode: 'no-cors'} if there is any chance that the resources are served off of a server that doesn't support CORS. In this example, www.chromium.org doesn't support CORS.


Specification Status Comment
Service Workers
The definition of 'ExtendableEvent' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 40.0 44.0 (44.0)[1] No support 24 No support
async waitUntil() ? 53.0 (53.0)[2] No support ? No support
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Chrome for Android
Basic support No support 44.0 (44.0) No support ? No support 40.0
async waitUntil() No support 53.0 (53.0)[2] No support ? No support ?

[1] Service workers (and Push) have been disabled in the Firefox 45 & 52 Extended Support Releases (ESR.)

[2] ExtendableEvent.waitUntil() can now be called asynchronously (see bug 1263304).

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