ServiceWorkerGlobalScope.skipWaiting()

The ServiceWorkerGlobalScope.skipWaiting() method of the ServiceWorkerGlobalScope forces the waiting service worker to become the active service worker.

Use this method with Clients.claim() to ensure that updates to the underlying service worker take effect immediately for both the current client and all other active clients.

Syntax

ServiceWorkerGlobalScope.skipWaiting().then(function() {
  //Do something
});

Returns

A Promise that immediately resolves with undefined.

Example

While self.skipWaiting() can be called at any point during the service worker's execution, it will only have an effect if there's a newly installed service worker that might otherwise remain in the waiting state. Therefore, it's common to call self.skipWaiting() from inside of an InstallEvent handler.

The following example causes a newly installed service worker to progress into the activating state, regardless of whether there is already an active service worker.

self.addEventListener('install', function(event) {
  // The promise that skipWaiting() returns can be safely ignored.
  self.skipWaiting();

  // Perform any other actions required for your
  // service worker to install, potentially inside
  // of event.waitUntil();
});

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Service Workers
The definition of 'ServiceWorker' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support40 ?441 No24 No
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support4040 ?4424 No4.0

1. Service workers (and Push) have been disabled in the Firefox 45 and 52 Extended Support Releases (ESR).

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