The Window.prompt() displays a dialog with an optional message prompting the user to input some text.


result = window.prompt(message, default);


message Optional
A string of text to display to the user. Can be omitted if there is nothing to show in the prompt window.
default Optional
A string containing the default value displayed in the text input field. Note that in Internet Explorer 7 and 8, if you do not provide this parameter, the string "undefined" is the default value.

Return value

A string containing the text entered by the user, or null.


let sign = prompt("What's your sign?");

if (sign.toLowerCase() == "scorpio") {
  alert("Wow! I'm a Scorpio too!");

// there are many ways to use the prompt feature
sign = window.prompt(); // open the blank prompt window
sign = prompt();       //  open the blank prompt window
sign = window.prompt('Are you feeling lucky'); // open the window with Text "Are you feeling lucky"
sign = window.prompt('Are you feeling lucky', 'sure'); // open the window with Text "Are you feeling lucky" and default value "sure"

When the user clicks the OK button, text entered in the input field is returned. If the user clicks OK without entering any text, an empty string is returned. If the user clicks the Cancel button, this function returns null.

The above prompt appears as follows (in Chrome on OS X):

prompt() dialog in Chrome on OS X


A prompt dialog contains a single-line textbox, a Cancel button, and an OK button, and returns the (possibly empty) text the user entered into that textbox.

The following text is shared between this article, DOM:window.confirm 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).

Please note that result is a string. That means you should sometimes cast the value given by the user. For example, if their answer should be a Number, you should cast the value to Number.

const aNumber = Number(window.prompt("Type a number", ""));


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

Browser Compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
promptChrome Full support Yes
Full support Yes
Notes Starting with Chrome 46.0 this method is blocked inside an <iframe> unless its sandbox attribute has the value allow-modals.
Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support YesIE Full support Yes
Full support Yes
Notes This function has no effect in the Modern UI/Metro version of Internet Explorer for Windows 8. It does not display a prompt to the user, and always returns undefined. It is not clear whether this is a bug or intended behavior. Desktop versions of IE do implement this function.
Opera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes


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