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The Permissions API provides a consistent programmatic way to query the status of API permissions attributed to the current context — for example whether permission to use the API is granted or denied, and whether the user will be asked whether permission should be granted for an API.

Concepts and usage

Historically different APIs handle their own permissions inconsistently — for example the Notifications API allows for explicit checking of permission status and requesting permission, whereas the Geolocation API doesn't (which causes problems if the user denied the initial permission request). The Permissions API provides the tools to allow developers to implement a better user experience as far as permissions are concerned.

The permissions property has been made available on the Navigator object, both in the standard browsing context and the worker context (WorkerNavigator — so permission checks are available inside workers), and returns a Permissions object that provides access to the Permissions API functionality.

Once you have this object you can then perform permission-related tasks, for example querying a permission using the Permissions.query() method to return a promise that resolves with the PermissionStatus for a specific API.

Not all APIs' permission statuses can be queried using the Permissions API. Notable APIs that are Permissions-aware include:

More APIs will gain Permissions API support over time.

Examples

We have made a simple example available called Location Finder. You can run the example live, or view the source code on Github.

Read more about how it works in our article Using the Permissions API.

Interfaces

Navigator.permissions and WorkerNavigator.permissions Read only
Provides access to the Permissions object from the main context and worker context respectively.
Permissions
Provides the core Permission API functionality, such as methods for querying and revoking permissions.
PermissionStatus
Provides access to the current status of a permission, and an event handler to respond to changes in permission status.

Specification

Specification Status Comment
Permissions Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Permissions interface

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support 43Edge ? Firefox Full support 46IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support 43Chrome Android Full support 43Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 46Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
queryChrome Full support 43Edge ? Firefox Full support 46IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support 43Chrome Android Full support 43Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 46Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
request
ExperimentalNon-standard
Chrome Full support 46Edge ? Firefox No support NoIE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support 46Chrome Android Full support 46Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android No support NoOpera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
requestAll
ExperimentalNon-standard
Chrome Full support 48Edge ? Firefox No support NoIE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support 48Chrome Android Full support 48Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android No support NoOpera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
revoke
ExperimentalNon-standard
Chrome Full support 46Edge ? Firefox Full support 51
Disabled
Full support 51
Disabled
Disabled From version 51: this feature is behind the dom.permissions.revoke.enable preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
No support 47 — 51
IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support 46Chrome Android Full support 46Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 51
Disabled
Full support 51
Disabled
Disabled From version 51: this feature is behind the dom.permissions.revoke.enable preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
No support 47 — 51
Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
accelerometer permissonChrome Full support 62Edge ? Firefox ? IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support 62Chrome Android Full support 62Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android ? Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
accessibility events permissonChrome Full support 62Edge ? Firefox ? IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support 62Chrome Android Full support 62Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android ? Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
ambient-light-sensor permissonChrome Full support 62Edge ? Firefox ? IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support 62Chrome Android Full support 62Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android ? Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
accelerometer permissonChrome Full support 62Edge ? Firefox ? IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support 62Chrome Android Full support 62Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android ? Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
camera permissionChrome Full support 64Edge ? Firefox ? IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support 64Chrome Android Full support 64Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android ? Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
clipboard-read permissonChrome Full support 64Edge ? Firefox No support NoIE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support 64Chrome Android Full support 64Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android No support NoOpera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
clipboard-write permissionChrome Full support 64Edge ? Firefox No support NoIE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support 64Chrome Android Full support 64Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android No support NoOpera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
geolocation permissionChrome Full support 43Edge ? Firefox ? IE ? Opera Full support 30Safari ? WebView Android Full support 43Chrome Android Full support 43Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android ? Opera Android Full support 30Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
background-sync permissionChrome Full support 51Edge ? Firefox ? IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support 51Chrome Android Full support 51Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android ? Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
magnetometer permissionChrome Full support 62Edge ? Firefox ? IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support 62Chrome Android Full support 62Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android ? Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
microphone permissionChrome Full support 64Edge ? Firefox ? IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support 64Chrome Android Full support 64Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android ? Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
midi permissionChrome Full support 43Edge ? Firefox ? IE ? Opera Full support 30Safari ? WebView Android Full support 43Chrome Android Full support 43Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android ? Opera Android Full support 30Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
notifications permissionChrome Full support 43Edge ? Firefox ? IE ? Opera Full support 30Safari ? WebView Android Full support 43Chrome Android Full support 43Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android ? Opera Android Full support 30Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
payment-handler permissionChrome Full support 66Edge ? Firefox ? IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support 66Chrome Android Full support 66Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android ? Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
persistent-storage permissionChrome No support NoEdge ? Firefox Full support 53IE ? Opera No support NoSafari ? WebView Android No support NoChrome Android No support NoEdge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 53Opera Android No support NoSafari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
push permissionChrome Full support 43Edge ? Firefox ? IE ? Opera Full support 30Safari ? WebView Android Full support 43Chrome Android Full support 43Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android ? Opera Android Full support 30Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?

Legend

Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
Compatibility unknown  
Compatibility unknown
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
User must explicitly enable this feature.

See also

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