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How to parse HTTP Cookie header and return an object of all cookie name-value pairs in JavaScript ?

  • Last Updated : 22 Jul, 2021

Cookies are simply small text files that a web server sends to the user’s browser. They contain the following data.

  1. Name-value pair with actual data.
  2. The expiry date for when the cookie becomes invalid.
  3. Domain and path of the server it should be sent to.

Approach: To retrieve all the stored cookies in JavaScript, we can use the document.cookie property but this property returns a single string in which the key-value pair is separated by a “;”. It would be great if we can store the key-value pair into an object as it would make the retrieval process much easier. JavaScript does not provide any methods for such a scenario. So let’s work around this problem.

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We need to create a function that will parse the cookie string and would return an object containing all the cookies. This would be a simple process with the following steps.

  1. Get each individual key-value pair from the cookie string using string.split(“;”).
  2. Separate keys from values in each pair using string.split(“=”).
  3. Create an object with all key-value pairs and return the object.

Example: Refer to the comments in the following code for better understanding.


    function cookieParser(cookieString) {
        // Return an empty object if cookieString
        // is empty
        if (cookieString === "")
            return {};
        // Get each individual key-value pairs
        // from the cookie string
        // This returns a new array
        let pairs = cookieString.split(";");
        // Separate keys from values in each pair string
        // Returns a new array which looks like
        // [[key1,value1], [key2,value2], ...]
        let splittedPairs = => cookie.split("="));
        // Create an object with all key-value pairs
        const cookieObj = splittedPairs.reduce(function (obj, cookie) {
            // cookie[0] is the key of cookie
            // cookie[1] is the value of the cookie
            // decodeURIComponent() decodes the cookie
            // string, to handle cookies with special
            // characters, e.g. '$'.
            // string.trim() trims the blank spaces
            // auround the key and value.
                = decodeURIComponent(cookie[1].trim());
            return obj;
        }, {})
        return cookieObj;
    let dummyCookieString =
        "username=John; gfg=GeeksForGeeks; foo=education";
    // Pass document.cookie to retrieve actual cookies
    let cookieObj = cookieParser(dummyCookieString);
    console.log(`cookie gfg has value ${cookieObj['gfg']}.`);
    console.log(`cookie foo has value ${cookieObj['foo']}.`);


cookie gfg has value GeeksForGeeks.
cookie foo has value education.

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