This is an experimental technology
Because this technology's specification has not stabilized, check the compatibility table for the proper prefixes to use in various browsers. Also note that the syntax and behavior of an experimental technology is subject to change in future versions of browsers as the spec changes.

This feature has been removed from the Web standards. Though some browsers may still support it, it is in the process of being dropped. Do not use it in old or new projects. Pages or Web apps using it may break at any time.


The context read-only property of the Request interface contains the context of the Request (e.g., audio, image, iframe). This defines what sort of resource is being fetched.

The context of a request is only relevant in the ServiceWorker API; a service worker can make decisions based on whether the URL is for an image, or an embeddable object such as a <video>, iframe, etc.

Note: You can find a full list of the different available contexts including associated context frame types, CSP directives, and platform feature examples in the Fetch spec request context section.


var <var>myContext</var> = <var>request</var>.context;


A RequestContext value.


In the following snippet, we create a new request using the Request.Request() constructor (for an image file in the same directory as the script), then save the request context in a variable:

var myRequest = new Request('flowers.jpg');
var myContext = myRequest.context; // returns the empty string by default


Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'context' in that specification.
Living Standard Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 42[1] 42 (42)[2]
39 (39)
Not supported


Not supported
Feature Android Android Webview Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Chrome for Android
Basic support Not supported 42[1] Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported 42[1]

[1] Removed in Chrome 46.

[2] Removed from Firefox as of version 42, until the spec is agreed upon (see bug 1188062 for more information.)

See also


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