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cookie.js – simplifying cookies in JavaScript Build Status

cookie.js is a tiny JavaScript library that simplifies cookies. It is capable of setting, getting and removing cookies, accepts a variety of parameters, and supports chaining. It doesn't have any dependencies and minified+gzipped it's only 0.9 KB small.

Why would you want to use it?

Working with cookies in JavaScript sucks. document.cookie is definitely one of the ugly parts of JavaScript. This library aims to provide an easy and nevertheless powerful way to use cookies.


Download cookie.umd.min.js and include it in your HTML document, this will add a global object called cookie:

<script src="cookie.umd.min.js"></script>

Alternatively you can use a JavaScript package manager to add it to your project:

$ bower install cookie --save
$ npm install cookie_js --save

cookie.js supports AMD and CommonJS. So if you want to include cookie.js dynamically, you can just require it with any AMD / CommonJS loader, for example RequireJS for AMD. Follow the instructions of your loader to include cookie.js.

After that you can call any of methods that are explained in the following.


You can use the cookie.set method to set cookies. The value will automatically be escaped for you.

cookie.set('key', 'value');

Note: Values will be casted to string, so setting a number will work. However, the value will be a string when getting the cookie.

You can also set several values at once:

   key1: 'value1',
   key2: 'value2'

If you need more options, like setting the expiry date, you can add an object with options as the last parameter:

cookie.set('key', 'value', {
   expires: 7, // expires in one week

   key1: 'value1',
   key2: 'value2'
}, {
   expires: 7

The following fields can be added to the mentioned object:

key value default value
expires Either a number containing the days until the expiry, a date in the UTCString format or a date object. Expires when the browser is closed.
domain A string that specifies the domain that can access the cookie. The current domain.
path A string that limits the access of the cookie to that path. The current path.
secure A boolean indicating whether the cookie shall only be accessible over a secure connection or not. false
sameSite A string that specifies SameSite attribute that restricts cookie access based on the site context. null

You can customize the default settings by manipulating cookie.defaults.

cookie.defaults.expires = 7; = true;

Most people will prefer specifying the expiry date in days, but if you want to specify the expiry date in minutes, then you can configure cookie.expiresMultiplier:

cookie.expiresMultiplier = 1; // Seconds
cookie.expiresMultiplier = 60; // Minutes.
cookie.expiresMultiplier = 60 * 60; // Hours.
cookie.expiresMultiplier = 60 * 60 * 24; // Days(default).


This method allows you to retrieve your cookies, you can use it by simply passing the key of the cookie:


Passing just one key like this will return a string, containing the value of the cookie. You can also pass an array of keys:

cookie.get(['key1', 'key2']);

This will always return an object. The keys of this object will be the keys you passed and the values are the corresponding values.

In case you want to add a default value you can use the second parameter. The default value will be returned if the cookie*(s)* could not be found:

cookie.get('key', 'default value');

This also works with several keys:

cookie.get(['key1', 'key2'], 'default value');

cookie() is a shortcut for cookie.get().

// is the same as


var cookies = cookie.all();

To get all of the currently saved cookies simply call cookie.all. In this case the variable cookies will return an object with all the current cookies.


This method allows you to remove cookies. It accepts an infinite number of keys or an array of keys.

cookie.remove('key1', 'key2');
cookie.remove(['key1', 'key2']);


Sometimes you may want to remove all cookies. Simply call cookie.empty() and every cookie will be removed.


This method allows you to test if the cookies are enabled. It returns true if you can work with cookies and false if you cannot. You might want to use a fallback if they are disabled:

if (cookie.enabled()) {
   // Do stuff with cookies
} else {
   // Display error message or use localStorage


This method works just like cookie.set and accepts the same arguments, but it only sets those cookies that don't have a value yet allowing you to specify default values.

cookie.set('a', '1');
   a: '2',
   b: '2'

cookie.get(['a', 'b']); // {a: "1", b: "2"}


If you want to remove cookies that were set with custom options (e.g. specifing domain or path) then those are also needed to remove the cookie. This library can't automatically specify those for you because you might've set the cookie on the server and the JS cookie API doesn't offer a way to retrieve this information.

cookie.set('a', 'b', { path: '/somepath' });

// This won't work

// You have to do this
cookie.removeSpecific('a', { path: '/somepath' });

// You can also give an array of cookie keys
cookie.removeSpecific(['a', 'b'], { path: '/somepath' });

This can be pretty annoying. So in case you would need to do this a lot it's suggested to just change cookie.defaults as explained in the cookie.set documentation. The default options are used by remove and removeSpecific as well.


The methods set, remove, empty, setDefault, removeSpecific return the cookie object and therefore enable chaining.

cookie.empty().set('key1', 'value1').set('key2', 'value2').remove('key1');

A word on encoding

cookie.js sensibly encodes / decodes values and should work just fine with most server side frameworks. However sometimes there are weird server side encodings, for example PHP escapes spaces with + for historic reasons. This library can't handle all of those cases at the same time so if you notice you need a custom decoding function you can overwrite cookie.utils.decode.

// For example
cookie.utils.decode = function (value) {
   return decodeURIComponent(value).replace('+', ' ');

For a decoding function for ColdFusion, see issue #49.

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