Closing a Firefox Window with Javascript



I recently had a problem where I was opening a browser window from an e-mail client. After taking a survey, I wanted a button to close this same window. In IE, it was fine to simply use window.close(); to close the window. However, Firefox, the evil genius that it is, will not let you do that because it believes you did not click to open this window in the first place. In order to trick it, you quick load a blank page then close it. The code:


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<a href="javascript:window.open('','_parent','');window.close();">
Close this window</a>

So now, when you click the link, it closes the browser window. It works in both IE and Firefox 1.5 (and I believe others as well, but not personally tested). Finding that snippet of code saved me a lot of time! So I hope someone else finds it useful.

Update, May 1 2008:

This code only works on Firefox 1.5 and IE. In Firefox 2.0, Unless a website opened up a window – it can not close it. So, in my case I want to close the window after a user takes a survey, opened from an email window. Firefox 2.0 gives this error: Scripts may not close windows that were not opened by the script. I’m not sure what the right answer is here. They are doing it to prevent malicious scripts from closing windows. But even if they added an option to change that, most users wouldnt have it enabled by default.

So… where does that leave us? Please let me know if anyone knows of code that can close a window with Javascript in Firefox 2.x or 3.x.

  • Lorenzo

    Bravo!!! Funziona.

  • Lorenzo

    Bravo!!! Funziona.

  • Doesn’t work in firefox 2.0

  • Does anyone have a solution to Firefox 2.0 and closing a window with Javascript that does not involve changing Firefox settings?

  • Does anyone have a solution to Firefox 2.0 and closing a window with Javascript that does not involve changing Firefox settings?

  • MH

    But this trick is not working for FF 2.0.0.2, do you have any work around for this?

  • MH

    But this trick is not working for FF 2.0.0.2, do you have any work around for this?

  • Laurie

    did anyone ever figure out how to write a close window javascript that will work in Firefox 2?

  • Laurie

    did anyone ever figure out how to write a close window javascript that will work in Firefox 2?

  • Nikolai

    This worked perfectly for me with Firefox 2.0.0.9

  • Nikolai

    This worked perfectly for me with Firefox 2.0.0.9

  • JohnsonS

    Not working with Firefox 2.0.0.10

  • JohnsonS

    Not working with Firefox 2.0.0.10

  • kecik

    not working with my Firefox 2.0.0.9

  • kecik

    not working with my Firefox 2.0.0.9

  • Lydia

    Not working with my Firefox 2.0.0.12.

  • Lydia

    Not working with my Firefox 2.0.0.12.

  • berkx

    Not working with firefox v2.0.0.12

  • berkx

    Not working with firefox v2.0.0.12

  • Not working with firefox v2.0.0.12

  • Not working with firefox v2.0.0.12

  • tester

    Not working with my Firefox v2.0.0.14.

  • tester

    Not working with my Firefox v2.0.0.14.

  • vishal

    its not working on FireFox 2.0

  • vishal

    its not working on FireFox 2.0

  • forex

    under ff 2 you have to set manually under about:config
    dom.allow_scripts_to_close_windows to true
    then it’ll work

  • forex

    under ff 2 you have to set manually under about:config
    dom.allow_scripts_to_close_windows to true
    then it’ll work

  • Alexia

    Works like a charm! Thanks!!!:)

  • Alexia

    Works like a charm! Thanks!!!:)

  • Hussain

    well it works with older version .. thankyou

  • Hussain

    well it works with older version .. thankyou

  • Robin

    it doesn’t work in FF2.0.0.13

  • Robin

    it doesn’t work in FF2.0.0.13

  • Cecilia

    This works in firefox 2.0.0.17 (for Mac):

    Use this script to open a popup window:

    then to close window: insert the above script before the close link on popupfile.html, then make link:

  • Cecilia

    This works in firefox 2.0.0.17 (for Mac):

    Use this script to open a popup window:

    then to close window: insert the above script before the close link on popupfile.html, then make link:

  • Cecilia

    <script type="text/javascript" language="JavaScript">
    <!–
    function PopupWindow() {
    var attributes = ‘width=400,height=500,scrollbars=yes’;
    window.open(‘XXXXXXXXXXXX.html’,’2′,attributes);
    } //–>
    </script>
    <a href="javascript:PopupWindow()"><img src="xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.jpg" border="0"> </a>
     
     
    then to close: script before link, then make link:
     
    <a href="javascript:window.close()">

  • Cecilia

    <script type="text/javascript" language="JavaScript">
    <!–
    function PopupWindow() {
    var attributes = ‘width=400,height=500,scrollbars=yes’;
    window.open(‘XXXXXXXXXXXX.html’,’2′,attributes);
    } //–>
    </script>
    <a href="javascript:PopupWindow()"><img src="xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.jpg" border="0"> </a>
     
     
    then to close: script before link, then make link:
     
    <a href="javascript:window.close()">

  • rick

    Thanks Guys! Just learning js and found your solution for firefox. Now if I can only put my hair back in my head.

  • rick

    Thanks Guys! Just learning js and found your solution for firefox. Now if I can only put my hair back in my head.

  • Avsk Bhatta

    I am on 3.6.It is not working

  • yash

    I am on v3.6.8 it *DOES NOT* work

  • sathis

    Please let me know if anyone knows of code that can close a window with Javascript in Firefox 2.x or 3.x.

  • Haven’t found a way to do this. It is an anti-spam measure apparently, but it has its uses obviously.

  • Kyle

    window.focus(); window.close(); should work in FF 2.0+

    FF is MUCH more JS friendly then IE

  • Ray

    i also hv da same problem any working answer ???? for this ???

  • Manish

    please set your firefox browser:

        1.input “about:config ” to your firefox address bar and enter;

        2.make sure your “dom.allow_scripts_to_close_windows” is true