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The Window.alert() method displays an alert dialog with the optional specified content and an OK button.

Syntax

window.alert(message);
  • message is an optional string of text you want to display in the alert dialog, or, alternatively, an object that is converted into a string and displayed.

Example

window.alert("Hello world!");

produces:

Image:AlertHelloWorld.png

More JS:

alert()

Notes

The alert dialog should be used for messages which do not require any response on the part of the user, other than the acknowledgement of the message.

The following text is shared between this article, DOM:window.prompt and DOM:window.confirm Dialog boxes are modal windows - they prevent the user from accessing the rest of the program's interface until the dialog box is closed. For this reason, you should not overuse any function that creates a dialog box (or modal window).

Mozilla Chrome users (e.g. Firefox extensions) should use methods of nsIPromptService instead.

Starting with Chrome 45.0 this method is blocked inside an <iframe> unless it sandbox attribute has the value allow-modal and the the modal flag is enabled.

The argument is now optional like required by the spec.

Specification

Specification Status Comment
HTML5 Web application
The definition of 'alert()' in that specification.
Unknown Initial definition.

See also

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