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The request() method of the LockManager interface requests a Lock object with parameters specifying its name and characteristics. The requested Lock is passed to a callback, while the function itself returns a Promise that resolves with undefined.

The mode property of the options parameter may be either "exclusive" or "shared".

Request an "exclusive" lock when it should only be held by one code instance at a time. This applies to code in both tabs and workers. Use this to represent mutually exclusive access to a resource. When an "exclusive" lock for a given name is held, no other lock with the same name can be held.

Request a "shared" lock when multiple instances of the code can share access to a resource. When a "shared" lock for a given name is held, other "shared" locks for the same name can be granted, but no "exclusive" locks with that name can be held or granted.

This shared/exclusive lock pattern is common in database transaction architecture, for example to allow multiple simultaneous readers (each requests a "shared" lock) but only one writer (a single "exclusive" lock). This is known as the readers-writer pattern. In the IndexedDB API, this is exposed as "readonly" and "readwrite" transactions which have the same semantics.


LockManager.request(var promise = name[, {options}], callback)


An identifier for the lock you want to request.
options Optional
An object describing characteristics of the lock you want to create. Valid values are:
  • mode Optional: Either "exclusive" or "shared". The default value is "exclusive".
  • ifAvailable Optional: If true, the lock request will only be granted if it is not already held. If it cannot be granted, the callback will be invoked with null instead of a Lock instance. The default value is false.
  • steal Optional: If true, then any held locks with the same name will be released, and the request will be granted, preempting any queued requests for it. The default value is false.
  • signal Optional: An AbortSignal (the signal property of an AbortController); if specified and the AbortController is aborted, the lock request is dropped if it was not already granted.

Return value

A Promise that resolves with undefined when the request is granted.


General Example

The following example shows the basic use of the request() method with an asynchronous function as the callback. Once the callback is invoked, no other running code on this orign can hold `my_resource` until the callback returns.

await navigator.locks.request('my_resource', async lock => {
  // The lock was granted.

Mode Example

The following example shows how to use the mode option for readers and writers.

Notice that both functions use a lock called my_resource. The do_read() requests a lock in 'shared' mode meaning that multiple calls may occur simultaneously across different event handlers, tabs, or workers.

async function do_read() {
  await navigator.locks.request('my_resource', {mode: 'shared'}, async lock => {
    // Read code here.

The do_write() function use the same lock but in 'exclusive' mode which will delay invocation of the request() call in do_read() until the write operation has completed. This applies across event handlers, tabs, or workers.

function do_write() {
  await navigator.locks.request('my_resource', {mode: 'exclusive'}, async lock => {
    // Write code here.

ifAvailable Example

To grab a lock only if it isn't already being held, use the ifAvailable option. In this function await means the method will not return until the callback is complete. Since the lock is only granted if it was available, this call avoids needing to wait on the lock being released elsehwere.

await navigator.locks.request('my_resource', {ifAvailable: true}, async lock => {
  if (!lock) {
    // The lock was not granted - get out fast.

  // The lock was granted, and no other running code in this origin is holding
  // the 'my_res_lock' lock until this returns.

signal Example

To only wait for a lock for a short period of time, use the signal option.

const controller = new AbortController();
// Wait at most 200ms.
setTimeout(() => controller.abort(), 200);

try {
  await navigator.locks.request('my_resource', {signal: controller.signal}, async lock => {
    // The lock was acquired!
} catch (ex) {
  if (ex.name === 'AbortError') {
    // The request aborted before it could be granted.


Specification Status Comment
Web Locks API
The definition of 'request()' in that specification.
Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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