MessageChannel: MessageChannel() constructor

Note: This feature is available in Web Workers.

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


new MessageChannel()


None (undefined).

Return value

A new MessageChannel object.


In the following code block, you can see a new channel being created using the 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 onmessage), putting it into a paragraph. The port1 is listened to, to check when the message arrives.

const channel = new MessageChannel();
const para = document.querySelector("p");

const ifr = document.querySelector("iframe");
const 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).


HTML Standard
# dom-messagechannel-dev

Browser compatibility

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See also