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a brief history of detecting local storage

A timeline of the last four years of detecting good old window.localStorage.

Jan Lenhart, bless his heart contributed the first patch for support:

October 2009: 5059daa

(typeof window.localStorage != 'undefined')


November 2009: 15020e7


If cookies disabled in FF, exception. Softer detect

December 2009: 1e0ba91

!!('localStorage' in window)

If DOM storage disabled in IE, window.localStorage is present but === null.

January 2010: d8947c9

(localStorage in window) && window[localStorage] !== null

FF with = false throws exceptions

July 2010: ef2c47

try {
  return ('localStorage' in window) && window[localstorage] !== null;
} catch(e) {
  return false;

more shit because of FF exceptions

December 2010: c630c39

try {
    return !!localStorage.getItem;
} catch(e) {
    return false;

iOS private browsing fucks everyone!!!

October 2011: 5e2fa0e

try {
    return !!localStorage.getItem('getItem');
} catch(e) {
    return false;

stronger full capability test for localstorage with iOS private browsing protection

October 2011: a93625c

try {
    localStorage.setItem(mod, mod);
    return true;
} catch(e) {
    return false;
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targumon commented Oct 27, 2021

@devinrhode2 I think sessionStorage is great for any data you want to share across pages and tabs for the duration of the browsing session. It will be wiped as soon as the browser closes.

"Opening multiple tabs/windows with the same URL creates sessionStorage for each tab/window." (source: mdn)

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