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    The delete() method of the IDBCursor interface returns an IDBRequest object, and, in a separate thread, deletes the record at the cursor's position, without changing the cursor's position. Once the record is deleted, the cursor's value is set to null.




    An IDBRequest object on which subsequent events related to this operation are fired. The result attribute is set to undefined.


    This method may raise a DOMException with a DOMError of one of the following types:

    Exception Description
    TransactionInactiveError This IDBCursor's transaction is inactive.
    ReadOnlyError The transaction mode is read-only.
    InvalidStateError The cursor was created using IDBindex.openKeyCursor, is currently being iterated, or has iterated past its end.


    In this simple fragment we create a transaction, retrieve an object store, then use a cursor to iterate through all the records in the object store. If the albumTitle of the current cursor is "Grace under pressure", we delete that entire record using  var request = cursor.delete();.

    The cursor does not require us to select the data based on a key; we can just grab all of it. Also note that in each iteration of the loop, you can grab data from the current record under the cursor object using For a complete working example, see our IDBCursor example (view example live.)

    function deleteResult() {
      list.innerHTML = '';
      var transaction = db.transaction(['rushAlbumList'], 'readwrite');
      var objectStore = transaction.objectStore('rushAlbumList');
      objectStore.openCursor().onsuccess = function(event) {
        var cursor =;
        if(cursor) {
          if(cursor.value.albumTitle === 'Grace under pressure') {
            var request = cursor.delete();
            request.onsuccess = function() {
              console.log('Deleted that mediocre album from 1984. Even Power windows is better.');
          } else {
            var listItem = document.createElement('li');
            listItem.innerHTML = '<strong>' + cursor.value.albumTitle + '</strong>, ' + cursor.value.year;
        } else {
          console.log('Entries displayed.');         


    Specification Status Comment
    Indexed Database API
    The definition of 'delete()' in that specification.
    Candidate Recommendation  

    Browser compatibility

    Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
    Basic support 23webkit
    10 moz
    16.0 (16.0)
    10, partial 15 7.1
    Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support 4.4 22.0 (22.0) 1.0.1 10 22 Not supported

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    Contributors to this page: teoli, chrisdavidmills
    Last updated by: teoli,