Detect if JavaScript is Disabled in a Browser & Show Message

Updated on February 20, 2023

Some users may have JavaScript disabled for various reasons, such as security concerns or personal preferences. As a website owner, it's important to ensure that your website is accessible to all users, including those with JavaScript disabled.

In this post, we will explore how to detect if JavaScript is disabled in a web browser and how to show fallback content or message on the web page if it is disabled. It will help them to understand why some functionalities are not working on your website.

How to Detect If JavaScript is Disabled

The HTML <noscript> tag is used to detect if JavaScript is disabled in a browser. This tag functions as a means to manage situations where the browser is able to recognize the <script> tag but does not support JavaScript. It can provide an alternative message to users.

You can wrap some content in the <noscript> tag to display them in front of the users who have disabled JavaScript in their browsers. In this way, you can tell them to enable it.

          <!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">

    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <title>How to detect if JavaScript is disabled</title>

        <div class="javascript-disabled">
            JavaScript is disabled in your browser. Please enable it to view this website.

    <!-- ... -->

    <script src="./main.js"></script>


In this example, I am using the <noscript> tag with a message. If JavaScript is disabled, browsers will not be able to download and execute the main.js file. In this situation, users will see that message.

You can add any HTML contents you want in between this <noscript> tag. Browsers will only display the contents when they don't support the <script> tag. That's how you can ask your users to enable JavaScript in their browsers.

Also Read: How to Detect Device Orientation (Portrait/Landscape) in Javascript


Modern websites are highly dependent on JavaScript. Many times users may not know that JavaScript is disabled in their web browsers. If they visit your website and find that it is not working properly, they will think it is your website's problem.

When you detect whether JavaScript is disabled or not and provide an alternative message or content to users who do not have JavaScript enabled in their browsers, it will give them a better user experience.

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