The baseURI read-only property returns the absolute base URL of a Node.

The base URL is used to resolve relative URLs when the browser needs to obtain an absolute URL, for example when processing the HTML <img> element's src attribute or XML xlink:href attribute.

In most cases the base URL is simply the location of the document, but it can be affected by many factors, including the <base> element in HTML and the xml:base attribute in XML.


var nodeBaseURI = node.baseURI;


A DOMString representing the base URL of the specified Node. It may be null if unable to obtain an absolute URI. Although this property is read-only, its value may change in certain situations (see below).


The base URL of a document

The base URL of a document defaults to the document's address (as displayed by the browser and available in window.location), but it can be changed:

  • When an HTML <base> tag is found in the document
  • When the document is new (created dynamically)

See the Base URLs section of the HTML Living standard for details.

You can use document.baseURI to obtain the base URL of a document. Note that obtaining the base URL for a document may return different URLs over time if the <base> tags or the document's location change.

The base URL of an element

The base URL of an element in HTML normally equals the base URL of the document the node is in.

If the document contains xml:base attributes (which you shouldn't do in HTML documents), the element.baseURI takes the xml:base attributes of element's parents into account when computing the base URL. See xml:base for details.

You can use element.baseURI to obtain the base URL of an element.


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baseURIChrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE No support NoOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes


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