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How to modify URL without reloading the page using JavaScript ?

  • Last Updated : 31 Oct, 2019

Method 1: Replacing the current state with replaceState() Method: The history interface of the browser manages the browser session history. It includes the page visited in the tab or frame where the current page is located. Manipulating this state can be used to change the URL of the browser without reloading the page.

The replaceState() method is used to modify the current history entry and replace the properties of the state with ones in the passed parameters.

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The parameters of this method have 3 parts, the state object which is a serializable object about the state, the title which is the title of the new state and the URL which is the new URL of the state.

The URL can be changed by passing the required URL as a string to this method. This will change the URL of the page without reloading the page.



Example:




<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  
<head>
    <title>
        How to modify URL without reloading
        the page using JavaScript?
    </title>
</head>
  
<body>
    <h1 style="color: green">
        GeeksForGeeks
    </h1>
      
    <b>
        How to modify URL without reloading
        the page using JavaScript?
    </b>
      
    <p>
        Click on the button below to modify
        the current history state
    </p>
      
    <button onclick="modifyState()">
        Modify history state
    </button>
      
    <script>
        function modifyState() {
            let stateObj = { id: "100" };
            window.history.replaceState(stateObj,
                        "Page 3", "/page3.html");
        }
    </script>
</body>
  
</html>

Output:

  • Before clicking the button:
    replacestate-before
  • After clicking the button:
    replacestate-after

Method 2: Adding a new state with pushState() Method: The pushState() method is used to add a new history entry with the properties passed as parameters. This will change the current URL to the new state given without reloading the page.

The parameters of this method have three parts, the state object which is a serializable object about the state, the title which is the new title of the state and the URL which is the new URL of the state.
The URL can be changed by passing the required URL as a string to this method. This will change the URL of the page without reloading the page.

Example:




<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  
<head>
    <title>
        How to modify URL without reloading
        the page using JavaScript?
    </title>
</head>
  
<body>
    <h1 style="color: green">
        GeeksForGeeks
    </h1>
      
    <b>
        How to modify URL without reloading
        the page using JavaScript?
    </b>
      
    <p>
        Click on the button below to add
        a new history state
    </p>
      
    <button onclick="addState()">
        Add history state
    </button>
      
    <script>
        function addState() {
            let stateObj = { id: "100" };
              
            window.history.pushState(stateObj,
                     "Page 2", "/page2.html");
        }
    </script>
</body>
  
</html>

Output:

  • Before clicking the button:
    addstate-before
  • After clicking the button:
    addstate-after



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