The PositionError interface represents the reason of an error occurring when using the geolocating device.


The PositionError interface doesn't inherit any property.

PositionError.code Read only
Returns an unsigned short representing the error code. The following values are possible:
Value Associated constant Description
1 PERMISSION_DENIED The acquisition of the geolocation information failed because the page didn't have the permission to do it.
2 POSITION_UNAVAILABLE The acquisition of the geolocation failed because at least one internal source of position returned an internal error.
3 TIMEOUT The time allowed to acquire the geolocation, defined by PositionOptions.timeout information was reached before the information was obtained.
PositionError.message Read only
Returns a human-readable DOMString describing the details of the error. Specifications note that this is primarily intended for debugging use and not to be shown directly in a user interface.


The PositionError interface neither implements, nor inherit any method.


Specification Status Comment
Geolocation API
The definition of 'PositionError' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial specification.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 5 3.5 (1.9.1) 9 10.60
Not supported 15.0
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? ? 4.0 (4) ? 10.60 ?

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