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The referrer read-only property of the Request interface is set by the user agent to be the referrer of the Request. (e.g., about:client, no-referrer, or a URL.)

Note: If referrer's value is no-referrer, it returns an empty string.


var myReferrer = request.referrer;


A DOMString representing the request's referrer.


In the following snippet, we create a new request using the Request.Request() constructor (for an image file in the same directory as the script), then save the request referrer in a variable:

var myRequest = new Request('flowers.jpg');
var myReferrer = myRequest.referrer; // returns "about:client" by default


Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'referrer' in that specification.
Living Standard Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 42
47 (47) No support


No support
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Chrome for Android
Basic support No support No support No support No support No support No support No support

[1] This feature is implemented behind a preference.

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