IDBIndex: get() method

The get() method of the IDBIndex interface returns an IDBRequest object, and, in a separate thread, finds either the value in the referenced object store that corresponds to the given key or the first corresponding value, if key is set to an IDBKeyRange.

If a value is found, then a structured clone of it is created and set as the result of the request object: this returns the record the key is associated with.

Note: This feature is available in Web Workers





key Optional

A key or IDBKeyRange that identifies the record to be retrieved. If this value is null or missing, the browser will use an unbound key range.

Return value

An IDBRequest object on which subsequent events related to this operation are fired.

If the operation is successful, the value of the request's result property is the value of the first record matching the given key or key range.


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

TransactionInactiveError DOMException

Thrown if this IDBIndex's transaction is inactive.

DataError DOMException

Thrown if the key or key range provided contains an invalid key.

InvalidStateError DOMException

Thrown if the IDBIndex has been deleted or removed.


In the following example we open a transaction and an object store, then get the index lName from a simple contacts database. We then open a basic cursor on the index using IDBIndex.openCursor — this works the same as opening a cursor directly on an ObjectStore using IDBObjectStore.openCursor except that the returned records are sorted based on the index, not the primary key.

myIndex.get('Bungle') is then used to retrieve the record with an lName of Bungle, and the result of that request is logged to the console when its success callback returns.

Finally, we iterate through each record, and insert the data into an HTML table. For a complete working example, see our IndexedDB-examples demo repo (View the example live).


function displayDataByIndex() {
  tableEntry.innerHTML = "";
  const transaction = db.transaction(["contactsList"], "readonly");
  const objectStore = transaction.objectStore("contactsList");

  const myIndex = objectStore.index("lName");
  const getRequest = myIndex.get("Bungle");
  getRequest.onsuccess = () => {

  myIndex.openCursor().onsuccess = (event) => {
    const cursor =;
    if (cursor) {
      const tableRow = document.createElement("tr");
      tableRow.innerHTML =
        `<td>${}</td>` +
        `<td>${cursor.value.lName}</td>` +
        `<td>${cursor.value.fName}</td>` +
        `<td>${cursor.value.jTitle}</td>` +
        `<td>${}</td>` +
        `<td>${cursor.value.eMail}</td>` +
        `<td>${}</td>` +

    } else {
      console.log("Entries all displayed.");


Indexed Database API 3.0
# ref-for-dom-idbindex-get①

Browser compatibility

BCD tables only load in the browser

See also