The self read-only property of the WorkerGlobalScope interface returns a reference to the WorkerGlobalScope itself. Most of the time it is a specific scope like DedicatedWorkerGlobalScopeSharedWorkerGlobalScope, or ServiceWorkerGlobalScope.


var selfRef = self;


A global scope object (differs depending on the type of worker you are dealing with, as indicated above).


If you called


inside a worker, you will get a worker global scope of the same type as that worker object written to the console — something like the following:

DedicatedWorkerGlobalScope {
undefined: undefined, Infinity: Infinity, Math: MathConstructor, NaN: NaN, Intl: Object…}
    Infinity: Infinity
    Array: function Array() { [native code] }
      arguments: null
      caller: null
      isArray: function isArray() { [native code] }
      length: 1
      name: "Array"
      observe: function observe() { [native code] }
      prototype: Array[0]
      unobserve: function unobserve() { [native code] }
      __proto__: function Empty() {}
      <function scope>
    ArrayBuffer: function ArrayBuffer() { [native code] }
    Blob: function Blob() { [native code] }
    Boolean: function Boolean() { [native code] }
    DataView: function DataView() { [native code] }
    Date: function Date() { [native code] }
    DedicatedWorkerGlobalScope: function DedicatedWorkerGlobalScope() { [native code] }
    Error: function Error() { [native code] }
// etc. etc.

This provides a full list of the objects available to that worker scope, so it is quite a useful test if you want to see whether something is available to your worker or not. We also maintain a list of Functions and classes available to Web Workers.

Note: Firefox has a bug with using console.log inside shared/service workers (see bug 1058644), which may return strange results, but this should be fixed soon.


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'self' in that specification.
Living Standard

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 4 3.5 (1.9.1) (Yes) 11.5 4
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? 40 1.0 (1.9.1) 1.0.1 (Yes) (Yes) 5.1

See also


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