History.back()

The History.back() method causes the browser to move back one page in the session history.

It has the same effect as calling history.go(-1). If there is no previous page, this method call does nothing.

This method is asynchronous. Add a listener for the popstate event in order to determine when the navigation has completed.

Syntax

history.back()

Examples

The following short example causes a button on the page to navigate back one entry in the session history.

HTML

<button id="go-back">Go back!</button>

JavaScript

document.getElementById('go-back').addEventListener('click', () => {
  history.back();
});

Specifications

Specification
HTML Standard (HTML)
# dom-history-back-dev

Browser compatibility

BCD tables only load in the browser

See also