History.back()

The History.back() method causes the browser to move back one page in the session history. It has the same effect as calling history.go(-1). If there is no previous page, this method call does nothing.

This method is asynchronous. Add a listener for the popstate event in order to determine when the navigation has completed.

Syntax

history.back()

Examples

The following short example causes a button on the page to navigate back one entry in the session history.

HTML

<button id="go-back">Go back!</button>

JavaScript

document.getElementById('go-back').addEventListener('click', () => {
  history.back();
});

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'History.back()' in that specification.
Living Standard No change from HTML5.
HTML5
The definition of 'History.back()' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

BCD tables only load in the browser

See also