How to get the Current URL in JavaScript

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How to get the Current URL in JavaScript

Through JavaScript, you can access a lot of information provided by the browser.

Some of this information includes the current URL that the user is on.

Having the URL is useful as you can perform any number of actions based on the URL.

In this post, we'll learn the easiest way to get the current URL in JavaScript.

How to get the current URL in JavaScript

The easiest way to get the current URL is to use the window.location.href property.

const url = window.location.href;

console.log(url);     
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This works because the window.location object includes a bunch of methods related to the current URL.

Here's a list of properties and what they return:

  • window.location.href: Returns the current URL.
  • window.location.host: Returns the hostname of the current URL.
  • window.location.hostname: Returns the hostname of the current URL.
  • window.location.port: Returns the port of the current URL.
  • window.location.protocol: Returns the protocol of the current URL.
  • window.location.pathname: Returns the pathname of the current URL.
  • window.location.search: Returns the search string of the current URL.
  • window.location.hash: Returns the hash of the current URL.

Use this code below to try them all:

console.log(window.location.href);
console.log(window.location.host);
console.log(window.location.hostname);
console.log(window.location.port);
console.log(window.location.protocol);
console.log(window.location.pathname);
console.log(window.location.search);
console.log(window.location.hash);
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Conclusion

In this post, we learned how to get the current URL in JavaScript.

Simply use the window.location.href property to get the current URL, or use the window.location object to get a specific piece of information.

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