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How to get the value of a query string with native JavaScript

Here’s a simple method you can use to get the value of a querystring with native JavaScript:

/**
 * Get the value of a querystring
 * @param  {String} field The field to get the value of
 * @param  {String} url   The URL to get the value from (optional)
 * @return {String}       The field value
 */
var getQueryString = function ( field, url ) {
    var href = url ? url : window.location.href;
    var reg = new RegExp( '[?&]' + field + '=([^&#]*)', 'i' );
    var string = reg.exec(href);
    return string ? string[1] : null;
};

Let’s say your URL is http://example.com&this=chicken&that=sandwich. You want to get the value of this, that, and another.

var thisOne = getQueryString('this'); // returns 'chicken'
var thatOne = getQueryString('that'); // returns 'sandwich'
var anotherOne = getQueryString('another'); // returns null

If you want to use a URL other than the one in the window, you can pass one in as a second argument.

var yetAnotherOne = getQueryString('example', 'http://another-example.com&example=something'); // returns 'something'

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