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Javascript Cookies

Test if cookies are enabled

If you want to make sure cookies are enabled before using them, you can use navigator.cookieEnabled:

if (navigator.cookieEnabled === false)
 alert("Error: cookies not enabled!");

Note that on older browsers navigator.cookieEnabled may not exist and be undefined. In those cases you won't detect that cookies are not enabled.

Adding and Setting Cookies

The following variables set up the below example:

var COOKIE_NAME = "Example Cookie"; /* The cookie's name. */
var COOKIE_VALUE = "Hello, world!"; /* The cookie's value. */
var COOKIE_PATH = "/foo/bar"; /* The cookie's path. */
var COOKIE_EXPIRES; /* The cookie's expiration date (config'd below). */
/* Set the cookie expiration to 1 minute in future (60000ms = 1 minute). */
COOKIE_EXPIRES = (new Date( + 60000)).toUTCString();
document.cookie +=
 + "; expires=" + COOKIE_EXPIRES
 + "; path=" + COOKIE_PATH;

Reading cookies

var name = name + "=",
 cookie_array = document.cookie.split(';'),
for(var i=0;i<cookie_array.length;i++) {
 var cookie=cookie_array[i];
 while(cookie.charAt(0)==' ')
 cookie = cookie.substring(1,cookie.length);
 cookie_value = cookie.substring(name.length,cookie.length);

This will set cookie_value to the value of the cookie, if it exists. If the cookie is not set, it will set cookie_value to null

Removing cookies

var expiry = new Date();
expiry.setTime(expiry.getTime() - 3600);
document.cookie = name + "=; expires=" + expiry.toGMTString() + "; path=/"

This will remove the cookie with a given name.


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