The openKeyCursor() method of the IDBObjectStore interface returns an IDBRequest object whose result will be set to an IDBCursor that can be used to iterate through matching results. Used for iterating through the keys of an object store with a cursor.

To determine if the add operation has completed successfully, listen for the results’s success event.


var request = objectStore.openKeyCursor();
var request = objectStore.openKeyCursor(query);
var request = objectStore.openKeyCursor(query, direction);


query Optional
The key range to be queried. If a single valid key is passed, this will default to a range containing only that key. If nothing is passed, this will default to a key range that selects all the records in this object store.
direction Optional
An IDBCursorDirection telling the cursor what direction to travel. Valid values are "next", "nextunique", "prev", and "prevunique". The default is "next".

Return value

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


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

Exception Description
InvalidStateError This IDBObjectStore or IDBIndex has been deleted.
TransactionInactiveError This IDBObjectStore's transaction is inactive.
DataError The specified key or key range is invalid.


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:

var transaction = db.transaction("name", "readonly");
var objectStore = transaction.objectStore("name");
var request = objectStore.openKeyCursor();
request.onsuccess = function(event) {
  var cursor =;
  if(cursor) {
    // cursor.key contains the key of the current record being iterated through
    // note that there is no cursor.value, unlike for openCursor
    // this is where you'd do something with the result
  } else {
    // no more results


Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'openKeyCursor()' in that specification.
Indexed Database API 2.0
The definition of 'openKeyCursor()' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support


23 — 57 webkit

FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support


23 — 57 webkit


23 — 57 webkit



Yes — 7.0 webkit

1. From version 44: this feature is behind the dom.indexedDB.experimental preference. To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.

2. partial

See also

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