How to pass URL parameters to iframe in JavaScript ? Step by Step

In this article, we will cover solution to help with programmatically passing parameters to an iframe using Vanilla JavaScript.

Basics – Optional

First let’s cover some core basics used in this solution for people new to JavaScript and HTML. If you are comfortable with these technologies feel free to skip to next section

What is JavaScript ? JavaScript is a programming language used to add behaviour and programmatically manipulate HTML pages. You can add elements, update or delete them using JavaScript since it has access to HTML DOM.

What is iFrame ? An iFrame is a HTML element that allows to embed an external web page into your HTML page using src attribute (src stands for source).

What is a URL Parameter ?

Parameters are used in the url to pass extra information to the server, that may be used by the server to send a customised response back to the browser or use it otherwise.

A parameter has a key and a value. Example: client=firefox

here client is the key of the parameter and firefox is the value

What is a Query String ?

Query String is string included in the url after a question mark (?)

A Query String is the string passed to the url in the form of parameters, it can contain one or more parameters, each parameter is separated using the ampersand (&)

Below is a real world use-case of query string and parameters.

Query String Example
Query String Example

Explanation – Lets look at the Query string breakdown

In the above example, we search for a keyword “mrvirk” in Google search, and the page passes 3 parameters back to the Google server that helps G Search to provide you results for the keyword.

  • Parameter 1 (client=firefox-b-d): tells google what browser user is on, in my case its Firefox
  • Parameter 2 (channel=trow): tells google the channel
  • Parameter 3 (q=mrvirk): tells google what the user searched for, in this case mrvirk


Now, the basics are covered lets look at the solution to passing parameters to the iframe url.

Video Tutorial


Step 1: Create an Iframe element, with an id

<iframe id="myIframe" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="NO" width="100%" height="100%"></iframe>

Step 2: Write JavaScript code to pass URL parameters in the iframe src.

            let myIframe = document.getElementById("myIframe");
            let url_string = "";
            let width = "728";
            let height = "90";
            let geo = "uk";
            let adsURL = url_string+"?geo="+geo+"&size="+width+"x"+height;
            myIframe.src = adsURL;

In the code, firstly we identify our iframe element by id and assign it to a variable called myIframe, this later helps us to work with the iframe with ease.

Then, we need to construct the url using our parameter values that are size (width x height) and geo in this example.

Finally assign, the url to iframe object using the src property of iframe.

Important note: Make sure your JavaScript code runs after the IFrame object have loaded in the DOM, to achieve this write the JavaScript code after the IFrame or Body object.


Javascript code to pass parameters in query string in the IFrame URL
Javascript code to pass parameters in query string in the IFrame URL

Here you can get the full code on Github

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