How can I get query string values in JavaScript?

Is there a plugin-less way of retrieving query string values via jQuery (or without)?

If so, how? If not, is there a plugin which can do so?

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You don't need jQuery for that purpose. You can use just some pure JavaScript:

function getParameterByName(name, url) 

  if (!url) url = window.location.href;

  name = name.replace(/[\[\]]/g, \\$&

  var regex = new RegExp([?&
] + name + (=([^&
  results = regex.exec(url);

  if (!results) return null;

  if (!results[2]) return '';

  return decodeURIComponent(results[2].replace(/\+/g,  ));


// query string: ?foo=lorem&
baz var foo = getParameterByName('foo');
// lorem var bar = getParameterByName('bar');
//  (present with empty value) var baz = getParameterByName('baz');
//  (present with no value) var qux = getParameterByName('qux');
// null (absent) 

Note: If a parameter is present several times (?foo=lorem&
), you will get the first value (lorem). There is no standard about this and usages vary, see for example this question: Authoritative position of duplicate HTTP GET query keys.

This is an update based on the new URLSearchParams specs to achieve the same result more succinctly. See answer titled URLSearchParams below.

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