Tom Lehman Tom Lehman - 11 months ago 525
Javascript Question

How to remove the hash from window.location with JavaScript without page refresh?

So, if I have
, how do I remove
, without causing the page to refresh?

I attempted the following solution:

window.location.hash = '';

However, this doesn't remove the hash symbol
from the URL.


Initial question:

window.location.href.substr(0, window.location.href.indexOf('#'))



both will return the URL without the hash or anything after it.

With regards to your edit:

Any change to window.location will trigger a page refresh. You can change window.location.hash without triggering the refresh (though the window will jump if your hash matches an id on the page), but you can't get rid of the hash sign. Take your pick for which is worse...


The right answer on how to do it without sacrificing (either full reload or leaving the hash sign there) is down here. Leaving this answer here though with respect to being the original one in 2009 whereas the correct one which leverages new browser APIs was given 1.5 years later.

With respect to this answer that was given