Location

The Location interface represents the location (URL) of the object it is linked to. Changes done on it are reflected on the object it relates to. Both the Document and Window interface have such a linked Location, accessible via Document.location and Window.location respectively.

Anatomy Of Location

HTML

<span id="href" title="href"><span id="origin title="origin"><span id="protocol" title="protocol">http:</span>//<span id="host" title="host"><span id="hostname" title="hostname">example.org</span>:<span id="port" title="port">8888</span></span></span><span id="pathname" title="pathname">/foo/bar</span><span id="search" title="search">?q=baz</span><span id="hash" title="hash">#bang</span></span>

CSS

html, body {height:100%;}
html {display:table; width:100%;}
body {display:table-cell; text-align:center; vertical-align:middle; font-family:georgia; font-size:230%; line-height:1em; white-space:nowrap;}

[title] {position:relative; display:inline-block; box-sizing:border-box; /*border-bottom:.5em solid;*/ line-height:2em; cursor:pointer;}

[title]:before {content:attr(title); font-family:monospace; position:absolute; top:100%; width:100%; left:50%; margin-left:-50%; font-size:40%; line-height:1.5; background:black;}
[title]:hover:before,
:target:before {background:black; color:yellow;}

[title] [title]:before {margin-top:1.5em;}
[title] [title] [title]:before {margin-top:3em;}
[title] [title] [title] [title]:before {margin-top:4.5em;}

[title]:hover,
:target {position:relative; z-index:1; outline:50em solid rgba(255,255,255,.8);}

JavaScript

[].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('[title][id]'), function (node) {
  node.addEventListener("click", function(e) {
    e.preventDefault();
    e.stopPropagation();
    window.location.hash = '#' + e.target.getAttribute('id');
  });
});
[].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('[title]:not([id])'), function (node) {
  node.addEventListener("click", function(e) {
    e.preventDefault();
    e.stopPropagation();
    window.location.hash = '';
  });
});

Result

Properties

Location.ancestorOrigins
Is a static DOMStringList containing, in reverse order, the origins of all ancestor browsing contexts of the document associated with the given Location object.
Location.href
Is a stringifier that returns a USVString containing the entire URL. If changed, the associated document navigates to the new page. It can be set from a different origin than the associated document.
Location.protocol
Is a USVString containing the protocol scheme of the URL, including the final ':'.
Location.host
Is a USVString containing the host, that is the hostname, a ':', and the port of the URL.
Location.hostname
Is a USVString containing the domain of the URL.
Location.port
Is a USVString containing the port number of the URL.
Location.pathname
Is a USVString containing an initial '/' followed by the path of the URL, not including the query string or fragment.
Location.search
Is a USVString containing a '?' followed by the parameters or "querystring" of the URL. Modern browsers provide URLSearchParams and URL.searchParams to make it easy to parse out the parameters from the querystring.
Location.hash
Is a USVString containing a '#' followed by the fragment identifier of the URL.
Location.origin Read only
Returns a USVString containing the canonical form of the origin of the specific location.

Methods

Location.assign()
Loads the resource at the URL provided in parameter.
Location.reload()
Reloads the current URL, like the Refresh button.
Location.replace()
Replaces the current resource with the one at the provided URL (redirects to the provided URL). The difference from the assign() method and setting the href property is that after using replace() the current page will not be saved in session History, meaning the user won't be able to use the back button to navigate to it.
Location.toString()
Returns a USVString containing the whole URL. It is a synonym for HTMLHyperlinkElementUtils.href, though it can't be used to modify the value.

Examples

// Create anchor element and use href property for the purpose of this example
// A more correct alternative is to browse to the URL and use document.location or window.location
var url = document.createElement('a');
url.href = 'https://developer.mozilla.org:8080/en-US/search?q=URL#search-results-close-container';
console.log(url.href);      // https://developer.mozilla.org:8080/en-US/search?q=URL#search-results-close-container
console.log(url.protocol);  // https:
console.log(url.host);      // developer.mozilla.org:8080
console.log(url.hostname);  // developer.mozilla.org
console.log(url.port);      // 8080
console.log(url.pathname);  // /en-US/search
console.log(url.search);    // ?q=URL
console.log(url.hash);      // #search-results-close-container
console.log(url.origin);    // https://developer.mozilla.org:8080

Specifications

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

Browser compatibility

Update compatibility data on GitHub
DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
LocationChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 3Opera Full support 3Safari Full support 1WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support 10.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0
ancestorOriginsChrome Full support 20Edge Full support 79Firefox No support NoIE No support NoOpera Full support 15Safari Full support 6WebView Android Full support 4.4Chrome Android Full support 25Firefox Android No support NoOpera Android Full support 14Safari iOS Full support 6Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.5
assignChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 5.5Opera Full support 3Safari Full support 3WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support 10.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0
hashChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 3Opera Full support ≤12.1Safari Full support 1WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support ≤12.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0
hostChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 3Opera Full support ≤12.1Safari Full support 1WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support ≤12.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0
hostnameChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 3Opera Full support ≤12.1Safari Full support 1WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support ≤12.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0
hrefChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 3Opera Full support ≤12.1Safari Full support 1WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support ≤12.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0
originChrome Full support 8Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 21
Notes
Full support 21
Notes
Notes Before Firefox 49, results for URL using the blob scheme incorrectly returned null.
IE Full support 11
Notes
Full support 11
Notes
Notes Intranet sites are set to Compatibility View, which will emulate IE7 and omit window.location.origin.
Opera Full support 15Safari Full support 5.1WebView Android Full support ≤37Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 21
Notes
Full support 21
Notes
Notes Before Firefox 49, results for URL using the blob scheme incorrectly returned null.
Opera Android Full support 14Safari iOS Full support 5Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0
password
DeprecatedNon-standard
Chrome No support NoEdge No support NoFirefox No support 26 — 45IE No support NoOpera No support NoSafari No support NoWebView Android No support NoChrome Android No support NoFirefox Android No support 26 — 45Opera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android No support No
pathnameChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1
Notes
Full support 1
Notes
Notes Before Firefox 53, the pathname property returned wrong parts of the URL. For example, for a URL of http://z.com/x?a=true&b=false, pathname would return "/x?a=true&b=false" rather than "/x".
IE Full support 3
Notes
Full support 3
Notes
Notes Internet Explorer does not provide the leading slash character in the pathname (docs/Web/API/Location instead of /docs/Web/API/Location).
Opera Full support ≤12.1Safari Full support 1WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4
Notes
Full support 4
Notes
Notes Before Firefox 53, the pathname property returned wrong parts of the URL. For example, for a URL of http://z.com/x?a=true&b=false, pathname would return "/x?a=true&b=false" rather than "/x".
Opera Android Full support ≤12.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0
portChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 3Opera Full support ≤12.1Safari Full support 1WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support ≤12.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0
protocolChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 3Opera Full support ≤12.1Safari Full support 1WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support ≤12.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0
reloadChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12
Notes
Full support 12
Notes
Notes Before Edge 79, if a page added to Trusted Sites contains a cross-origin iframe, then calling reload() from within the iframe reloads the trusted page (in other words, the top page reloads, not the iframe).
Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 5.5
Notes
Full support 5.5
Notes
Notes If a page added to Trusted Sites contains a cross-origin iframe, then calling reload() from within the iframe reloads the trusted page (in other words, the top page reloads, not the iframe).
Opera Full support 3Safari Full support 1WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support 10.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0
replaceChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 5.5Opera Full support 3Safari Full support 1WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support 10.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0
searchChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1
Notes
Full support 1
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 3Opera Full support ≤12.1Safari Full support 1WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4
Notes
Full support 4
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 ≤12.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0
toStringChrome Full support 52Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 22IE Full support 11
Notes
Full support 11
Notes
Notes Intranet sites are set to Compatibility View, which will emulate IE7 and omit window.location.toString.
Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support 52Chrome Android Full support 52Firefox Android Full support 22Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android Full support 6.0
username
DeprecatedNon-standard
Chrome No support NoEdge No support NoFirefox No support 26 — 45IE No support NoOpera No support NoSafari No support NoWebView Android No support NoChrome Android No support NoFirefox Android No support 26 — 45Opera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android No support No

Legend

Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
Compatibility unknown  
Compatibility unknown
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.
See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.

See also