window.confirm() instructs the browser to display a dialog with an optional message, and to wait until the user either confirms or cancels the dialog.

Under some conditions — for example, when the user switches tabs — the browser may not actually display a dialog, or may not wait for the user to confirm or cancel the dialog.


result = window.confirm(message);


A string you want to display in the confirmation dialog.

Return value

A boolean indicating whether OK (true) or Cancel (false) was selected. If a browser is ignoring in-page dialogs, then the returned value is always false.


if (window.confirm("Do you really want to leave?")) {"exit.html", "Thanks for Visiting!");


firefox confirm


The following text is shared between this article, DOM:window.prompt and DOM:window.alert 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). Regardless, there are good reasons to avoid using dialog boxes for confirmation.


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'confirm()' in that specification.
Living Standard

Browser compatibility

BCD tables only load in the browser

See also