How to reload a page using JavaScript

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How can I reload the page using JavaScript?

I need a method that works in all browsers.

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The Answer 1

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JavaScript 1.0

window.location.href = window.location.pathname + + window.location.hash;
// creates a history entry

JavaScript 1.1

window.location.replace(window.location.pathname + + window.location.hash);
// does not create a history entry

JavaScript 1.2

// If we needed to pull the document from
//  the web-server again (such as where the document contents
//  change dynamically) we would pass the argument as 'true'.

The Answer 2

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See this MDN page for more information.

If you are refreshing after an onclick then you’ll need to return false directly after

return false;

The Answer 3

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Here are 535 ways to reload the page using JavaScript, the easiest being location = location.

These are the first 50:

location = location
location = location.href
location = window.location
location = self.location
location = window.location.href
location = self.location.href
location = location['href']
location = window['location']
location = window['location'].href
location = window['location']['href']
location = window.location['href']
location = self['location']
location = self['location'].href
location = self['location']['href']
location = self.location['href']
location.href = location
location.href = location.href
location.href = window.location
location.href = self.location
location.href = window.location.href
location.href = self.location.href
location.href = location['href']
location.href = window['location']
location.href = window['location'].href
location.href = window['location']['href']
location.href = window.location['href']
location.href = self['location']
location.href = self['location'].href
location.href = self['location']['href']
location.href = self.location['href']

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You can perform this task using window.location.reload();. As there are many ways to do this but I think it is the appropriate way to reload the same document with JavaScript. Here is the explanation

JavaScript window.location object can be used

  • to get current page address (URL)
  • to redirect the browser to another page
  • to reload the same page

window: in JavaScript represents an open window in a browser.

location: in JavaScript holds information about current URL.

The location object is like a fragment of the window object and is called up through the window.location property.

location object has three methods:

  1. assign(): used to load a new document
  2. reload(): used to reload current document
  3. replace(): used to replace current document with a new one

So here we need to use reload(), because it can help us in reloading the same document.

So use it like window.location.reload();.

Online demo on jsfiddle

To ask your browser to retrieve the page directly from the server not from the cache, you can pass a true parameter to location.reload(). This method is compatible with all major browsers, including IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera.

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The parameter set to ‘true’ reloads a fresh copy from the server. Leaving it out will serve the page from cache.

More information can be found at MSDN and in the Mozilla documentation.

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I was looking for some information regarding reloads on pages retrieved with POST requests, such as after submitting a method="post" form.

To reload the page keeping the POST data, use:


To reload the page discarding the POST data (perform a GET request), use:

window.location.href = window.location.href;

Hopefully this can help others looking for the same information.

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This works for me:

function refresh() {    
    setTimeout(function () {
    }, 100);

The Answer 8

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To reload a page using JavaScript, use:


The Answer 9

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If you put


at the beginning of your page with no other condition qualifying why that code runs, the page will load and then continue to reload itself until you close your browser.

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location.href = location.href;

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To make it easy and simple, use location.reload(). You can also use location.reload(true) if you want to grab something from the server.

The Answer 12

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Using a button or just put it inside an “a” (anchor) tag:

<input type="button" value="RELOAD" onclick="location.reload();" />

Try these for other needs:

Location Objects has three methods --

assign() Used to load a new document
reload() Used to reloads the current document.
replace() Used to replace the current document with a new one

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Shortest (more)


The Answer 14

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Automatic reload page after 20 seconds.

    window.onload = function() {
        setTimeout(function () {
        }, 20000);

The Answer 15

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This should work:

window.location.href = window.location.href.split( '#' )[0];


var x = window.location.href;
x = x.split( '#' );
window.location.href = x[0];

I prefer this for the following reasons:

  • Removes the part after the #, ensuring the page reloads on browsers that won’t reload content that has it.
  • It doesn’t ask you if want to repost last content if you recently submit a form.
  • It should work even on most recent browsers. Tested on Lasted Firefox and Chrome.

Alternatively, you may use the most recent official method for this task


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Use this button to refresh the page


<input type="button" value="Reload Page" onClick="document.location.reload(true)">

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Thank you, this post was very helpful, not only to reload the page with the suggested answer, but also as well to give me the idea to place a jQuery UI icon to a button:

<button style="display:block; vertical-align:middle; height:2.82em;"
        title="Cargar nuevamente el código fuente sin darle un [Enter] a la dirección en la barra de direcciones"
        class="ui-state-active ui-corner-all ui-priority-primary" 
    <span style="display:inline-block;" class="ui-icon ui-icon-refresh"></span>
    &amp;nbsp;[<b>CARGAR NUEVAMENTE</b>]&amp;nbsp;

Edited to show how this looks like when included in a project


My apologies as this is a personal project that implies using jQuery UI, Themeroller, Icons framework, methods like jQuery tabs, but it's in Spanish ;)

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You can simply use


where document.URL gets the current page URL and window.location reloads it.

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