Location.replace()

The Location.replace() method replaces the current resource with the one at the provided URL. The difference from the assign() method 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.

If the assignment can't happen because of a security violation, a DOMException of the SECURITY_ERROR type is thrown. This happens if the origin of the script calling the method is different from the origin of the page originally described by the Location object, mostly when the script is hosted on a different domain.

If the provided URL is not valid, a DOMException of the SYNTAX_ERROR type is thrown.

Syntax

object.replace(url);

Parameters

url
Is a DOMString containing the URL of the page to navigate to.

Examples

// Navigate to the Location.reload article by replacing this page
window.location.replace('https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/Location.reload');

Specifications

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

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
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

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See also