Location: search

The search property of the Location interface is a search string, also called a query string; that is, a USVString containing a '?' followed by the parameters of the URL.

Modern browsers provide URLSearchParams and URL.searchParams to make it easy to parse out the parameters from the querystring.

Syntax

string = object.search;
object.search = string;

Examples

// Let an <a id="myAnchor" href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Location.search?q=123"> element be in the document
var anchor = document.getElementById("myAnchor");
var queryString = anchor.search; // Returns:'?q=123'

// Further parsing:
let params = new URLSearchParams(queryString);
let q = parseInt(params.get("q")); // is the number 123

Specifications

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

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
searchChrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12Firefox Full support 22
Notes
Full support 22
Notes
Notes Before Firefox 53, the search property returned wrong parts of the URL. For example, for a URL of http://z.com/x?a=true&b=false, search would return "", rather than "?a=true&b=false".
IE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 22
Notes
Full support 22
Notes
Notes Before Firefox 53, the search property returned wrong parts of the URL. For example, for a URL of http://z.com/x?a=true&b=false, search would return "", rather than "?a=true&b=false".
Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes

Legend

Full support  
Full support
See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.