The MessageChannel() constructor of the MessageChannel interface returns a new MessageChannel object with two new MessagePort objects.

Note: This feature is available in Web Workers.


var channel = new MessageChannel();


A newly created MessageChannel object.


In the following code block, you can see a new channel being created using the MessageChannel.MessageChannel constructor. When the IFrame has loaded, we pass port2 to the IFrame using MessagePort.postMessage along with a message. The handleMessage handler then responds to a message being sent back from the IFrame (using MessagePort.onmessage), putting it into a paragraph. MessageChannel.port1 is listened to, to check when the message arrives.

var channel = new MessageChannel();
var para = document.querySelector('p');
var ifr = document.querySelector('iframe');
var otherWindow = ifr.contentWindow;

ifr.addEventListener("load", iframeLoaded, false);
function iframeLoaded() {
  otherWindow.postMessage('Hello from the main page!', '*', [channel.port2]);

channel.port1.onmessage = handleMessage;
function handleMessage(e) {
  para.innerHTML =;

For a full working example, see our channel messaging basic demo on Github (run it live too).


Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'MessageChannel()' in that specification.
Living Standard No difference from HTML5 Web Messaging.
HTML5 Web Messaging
The definition of 'MessageChannel()' in that specification.
Recommendation W3C version of the spec

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 4 41 (41) 10.0 10.6 5
Available in workers (Yes) 41 (41) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 4.4 4 41.0 (41) (Yes) 10.0 11.5 5.1
Available in workers (Yes) (Yes) 41.0 (41) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

See also

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