jsParam – URL Params via SCRIPT Tag

Ever wanted to load URL params directly from the SRC attribute in your <script> tag? Now you can with jsParam. It does not require any other libraries (like jQuery) to run.

Pass parameters like you would in PHP/ASP/JSP:

<script src=”somefile.js?menu=true&color=green&count=42″ id=”somefile”></script>

Updated May 2, 2016: Now allows you to pass arrays as well as strings, booleans, and numbers.

jsParam GitHub Repository

    Copyright 2013-2016 by Brian Rollins.
	For the latest version, checkout https://github.com/BrianRollins/jsParam
	Questions/Comments: me at brianrollins.com
	Released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
	Function jsParam
		sourceID: (String) ID of the script tag you want examined for parameters. Do not use # before the ID.
		logParams: (Boolean | Optional) Sends a log of the parameters and their types to the console.
	Returns: Array (or null if no params are found);

var jsParam = function(sourceID, logParams) {
	if (typeof logParams === 'undefined') {
		logParams = false;
	var params = [];
	var parts = document.getElementById(sourceID).src.split('?');
	if (typeof parts[1] !== 'undefined') {
		parts = parts[1].split('&');
		for(i=0; i<parts.length; i++) {
			var t = parts[i].split('=');
			//Because everything comes in as a string, we're going to do some
			//cleanup for Booleans, Numbers, and Arrays.

			//Fix booleans
			if (t[1] === "true") {
				params[decodeURIComponent(t[0])] = true;
			} else if (t[1] === "false") {
				params[decodeURIComponent(t[0])] = false;

			//Fix numbers
			else if (t[1] == parseFloat(t[1])) {
				params[decodeURIComponent(t[0])] = parseFloat(t[1]);

			//Fix arrays (has a pipe | in the string).
			else if (t[1].indexOf('|') !== -1) {
				params[decodeURIComponent(t[0])] = decodeURIComponent(t[1]).split('|');
			//Everything else (Assume it's a string).
			else {
				params[decodeURIComponent(t[0])] = decodeURIComponent(t[1]); //Decode that ugly URI stuff.
		} //end loop through params.
		if(logParams) {
			console.log('*** jsParam ('+sourceID+') ***');
			for(var strName in params) {
				var c = params[strName];
				console.log(strName + " : " + c + " (" + typeof c + ")");
		return params; //Array of params.
	} else {
		//No params found.
		return null;

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