The lowerOpen property of the IDBKeyRange interface returns a boolean indicating whether the lower-bound value is included in the key range.

Note: This feature is available in Web Workers.




A boolean:

Value Indication
true The lower-bound value is not included in the key range.
false The lower-bound value is included in the key range.


The following example illustrates how you'd use a key range. Here we declare keyRangeValue = IDBKeyRange.upperBound("F", "W", true, true); — a range that includes everything between "F" and "W" but not including them — since both the upper and lower bounds have been declared as open (true). We open a transaction (using IDBTransaction) and an object store, and open a Cursor with IDBObjectStore.openCursor, declaring keyRangeValue as its optional key range value.

After declaring the key range, we log its lowerOpen property value to the console, which should appear as "true": the lower bound is open, so won't be included in the range.

Note: For a more complete example allowing you to experiment with key range, have a look at our IDBKeyRange-example repo (view the example live too.)

function displayData() {
  var keyRangeValue = IDBKeyRange.bound("F", "W", true, true);

  var transaction = db.transaction(['fThings'], 'readonly');
  var objectStore = transaction.objectStore('fThings');

  objectStore.openCursor(keyRangeValue).onsuccess = function(event) {
    var cursor =;
      if(cursor) {
        var listItem = document.createElement('li');
        listItem.innerHTML = '<strong>' + cursor.value.fThing + '</strong>, ' + cursor.value.fRating;
      } else {
        console.log('Entries all displayed.');


Specification Status Comment
Indexed Database API
The definition of 'lowerOpen' in that specification.
Editor's Draft  

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
Available in workers (Yes) 37.0 (37.0) ? (Yes) ?
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 8
Available in workers (Yes) 37.0 (37.0) (Yes) ? (Yes) ?

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