History back() Method

History Object Reference History Object

Example

Create a back button on a page:

<button onclick="goBack()">Go Back</button>

<script>
function goBack() {
    window.history.back()
}
</script>

The output of the code above will be:


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Definition and Usage

The back() method loads the previous URL in the history list.

This is the same as clicking the "Back button" in your browser, or history.go(-1).

Note: This method will not work if the previous page does not exist in the history list.

Tip: To load the next URL in the history list, use the history.forward() method.


Browser Support

Method
back() Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Syntax

history.back()

Parameters

None

Technical Details

Return Value: No return value

History Object Reference History Object

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