This feature has been removed from the Web standards. Though some browsers may still support it, it is in the process of being dropped. Avoid using it and update existing code if possible; see the compatibility table at the bottom of this page to guide your decision. Be aware that this feature may cease to work at any time.

The close() method of the WorkerGlobalScope interface discards any tasks queued in the WorkerGlobalScope's event loop, effectively closing this particular scope.




If you wanted to close your worker instance from inside the worker itself, you could call the following:


close() and self.close() are effectively equivalent — both represent close() being called from inside the worker's inner scope.

Note: there is also a way to stop the worker from the main thread: the Worker.terminate method.


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

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support4 ?3.5 Yes11.54
close() moved to DedicatedWorkerGlobalScope and SharedWorkerGlobalScope52 ?54 ? ? ?
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support ? Yes ?4 ? ? Yes
close() moved to DedicatedWorkerGlobalScope and SharedWorkerGlobalScope ?52 ?54 ? ?6.0

See also


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