PublicKeyCredential: isUserVerifyingPlatformAuthenticatorAvailable() static method

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The isUserVerifyingPlatformAuthenticatorAvailable() static method of the PublicKeyCredential interface returns a Promise which resolves to true if a user-verifying platform authenticator is present.

A user-verifying platform authenticator is a kind of multi-factor authenticator that is part of the client device (it is generally not removable) and that involves an action from the user in order to identify them. Common user-verifying platform authenticators include:

  • Touch ID or Face ID (macOS and iOS)
  • Windows Hello (Windows)
  • Device unlock (fingerprint, face, PIN, etc.) on Android

Note: This method may only be used in top-level contexts and will not be available in an <iframe> for example.





Return value

A Promise which resolves to a boolean value indicating whether or a not a user-verifying platform authenticator is available.

Note: In earlier versions of the specification, the boolean also conveyed the consent of the user to disclose such an authenticator existed.


  .then((available) => {
    if (available) {
      // We can proceed with the creation of a PublicKeyCredential
      // with this authenticator
    } else {
      // Use another kind of authenticator or a classical login/password
      // workflow
  .catch((err) => {
    // Something went wrong


Web Authentication: An API for accessing Public Key Credentials - Level 3
# dom-publickeycredential-isuserverifyingplatformauthenticatoravailable

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