Document.location

The Document.location read-only property returns a Location object, which contains information about the URL of the document and provides methods for changing that URL and loading another URL.

Though Document.location is a read-only Location object, you can also assign a DOMString to it. This means that you can work with document.location as if it were a string in most cases: document.location = 'http://www.example.com' is a synonym of document.location.href = 'http://www.example.com'.If you assign another string to it, browser will load the website you assigned.

To retrieve just the URL as a string, the read-only document.URL property can also be used.

If the current document is not in a browsing context, the returned value is null.

Syntax

locationObj = document.location
document.location = 'http://www.mozilla.org' // Equivalent to document.location.href = 'http://www.mozilla.org'

Examples

console.log(document.location); 
// Prints a Location object to the console

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'Document.location' in that specification.
Living Standard No change from HTML5.
HTML5
The definition of 'Document.location' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
locationChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 4Opera 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

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See also