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The Screen.orientation property give the current orientation of the screen.


var orientation = window.screen.orientation;

Return value

The return value is a string representing the orientation of the screen. It can be portrait-primary, portrait-secondary, landscape-primary, landscape-secondary (See lockOrientation for more info about those values).


var orientation = screen.orientation || screen.mozOrientation || screen.msOrientation;

if (orientation === "landscape-primary") {
  console.log("That looks good.");
} else if (orientation === "landscape-secondary") {
  console.log("Mmmh... the screen is upside down!");
} else if (orientation === "portrait-secondary" || orientation === "portrait-primary") {
  console.log("Mmmh... you should rotate your device to landscape");


Specification Status Comment
Screen Orientation API
The definition of 'Screen Orientation' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 38 (Yes) moz[1] 11ms[2] 25 No support
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support 39 (Yes) moz[1] No support No support No support

[1] This API is only implemented as a prefixed method (mozOrientation) in B2G and Firefox for Android.

[2] This API is implemented using a prefix (msOrientation) in Internet Explorer for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1. It is not supported on Windows 7.

See also


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