Retrieving URL Parameter Values With Pure Javascript

Here is a short but incredibly useful piece of Javascript: it retrieves the value of a named URL parameter. For example, if the current page’s address is index.html?example=true&name=vinny this function would return vinny if passed the name name , and it would return true if passed the name example .

function getParameterByName(name) {
    var match = RegExp('[?&]' + name + '=([^&]*)').exec(;
    return match && decodeURIComponent(match[1].replace(/\+/g, ' '));

A note of warning: calling this method repeatedly is inefficient, since the regular expression needs to be repeated every time.