How to Get and Set Query Parameters From URL

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Here are two ways to get (and set) query parameters from URL. I’ll add some real life examples in order to understand their usage.

Method #1

The URLSearchParams interface defines utility methods to work with the query string of a URL.

Here’s how to get the current page parameter – ⁣pg in our example below – from URL parameters and return to current page from history.back():

// Get current page from URL parameters and return to current pagefrom history.back()
let queryParams = new URLSearchParams(,
    page = 1; // Default is 1

if (parseInt(queryParams.get('pg'), 10) > 0) {
    page = queryParams.get('pg');

Here’s how to construct the URLSearchParams object instance from the current URL query string. Note that the page variable has been declared prior to setting it up.

// Construct URLSearchParams object instance from current URL querystring
let queryParams = new URLSearchParams(;

// Set new or modify existing page value
queryParams.set('pg', page);

// Replace current querystring with the new one
history.replaceState(null, null, "?" + queryParams.toString());

In the example above, I am replacing the current URL with the updated one, in order to build a pagination system.

Method #2

This one uses custom code, specifically tailored for my personal needs.

Here are the getter and setter functions:

function getQueryParameters() {
    let queryString =,
        params = {};

    queryString.replace(/([^=]*)=([^&]*)&*/g, (_, key, value) => {
        params[key] = value;

    return params;

function setQueryParameters(params) {
    let query = [],

    for (key in params) {
        if (!params.hasOwnProperty(key)) {
        value = params[key];
    } = query.join('&');

Here’s how I use it to get the current parameters and change them based on changing a <select> dropdown value. My order parameter has a possible value of price|asc, meaning I’m sorting some elements based on price, ascending.

1. First, I’m getting all URL parameters as an object.

2. Second, I’m getting the order value from my <select> element.

3. Next, I’m updating the parameters object and setting the new URL.

document.getElementById('order').addEventListener('change', () => {
    // Get URL parameters
    let params = getQueryParameters();

    // Get order value and split the values (price|asc)
    let orderParameters = document.getElementById('order').value.split('|'),
        orderBy = orderParameters[0],
        orderDirection = orderParameters[1];

    // Update parameters and set new URL
    params.orderby = orderBy;
    params.order_direction = orderDirection;

    localStorage.setItem('propertySort', document.getElementById('order').value);

As the last step, I’m updating a value using localStorage so I can use it later in another part of my code.

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