Get cookie by name

I have a getter to get the value from a cookie.

Now I have 2 cookies by the name shares= and by the name obligations= .

I want to make this getter only to get the values from the obligations cookie.

How do I do this? So the for splits the data into separate values and puts it in an array.

 function getCookie1() {
    // What do I have to add here to look only in the "obligations=" cookie? 
    // Because now it searches all the cookies.

    var elements = document.cookie.split('=');
    var obligations= elements[1].split('%');
    for (var i = 0; i < obligations.length - 1; i++) {
        var tmp = obligations[i].split('$');
        addProduct1(tmp[0], tmp[1], tmp[2], tmp[3]);



One approach, which avoids iterating over an array, would be:

function getCookie(name) {
  var value = "; " + document.cookie;
  var parts = value.split("; " + name + "=");
  if (parts.length == 2) return parts.pop().split(";").shift();


Splitting a string by token will produce either, an array with one string (same value), in case token does not exist in a string, or an array with two strings , in case token is found in a string .

The first (left) element is string of what was before the token, and the second one (right) is what is string of what was after the token.

(NOTE: in case string starts with a token, first element is an empty string)

Considering that cookies are stored as follows:

"{name}={value}; {name}={value}; ..."

in order to retrieve specific cookie value, we just need to get string that is after "; {name}=" and before next ";". Before we do any processing, we prepend the cookies string with "; ", so that every cookie name, including the first one, is enclosed with "; " and "=":

"; {name}={value}; {name}={value}; ..."

Now, we can first split by "; {name}=", and if token is found in a cookie string (i.e. we have two elements), we will end up with second element being a string that begins with our cookie value. Then we pull that out from an array (i.e. pop), and repeat the same process, but now with ";" as a token, but this time pulling out the left string (i.e. shift) to get the actual token value.


I would prefer using a single regular expression match on the cookie:

window.getCookie = function(name) {
  var match = document.cookie.match(new RegExp('(^| )' + name + '=([^;]+)'));
  if (match) return match[2];

OR Also we are able to use as a function , check below code.

function check_cookie_name(name) 
      var match = document.cookie.match(new RegExp('(^| )' + name + '=([^;]+)'));
      if (match) {
           console.log('--something went wrong---');

Improved thanks to Scott Jungwirth in the comments.


use a cookie getting script:

function readCookie(name) {
    var nameEQ = name + "=";
    var ca = document.cookie.split(';');
    for(var i=0;i < ca.length;i++) {
        var c = ca[i];
        while (c.charAt(0)==' ') c = c.substring(1,c.length);
        if (c.indexOf(nameEQ) == 0) return c.substring(nameEQ.length,c.length);
    return null;

then call it:

var value = readCookie('obligations');

i stole the code above from quirksmode cookies page. you should read it.


If you use jQuery I recommend you to use this plugin:

<script type="text/javascript"

So you can read cookie like this:

var value = $.cookie("obligations");

Also you can write cookie:

$.cookie('obligations', 'new_value');
$.cookie('obligations', 'new_value', { expires: 14, path: '/' });

Delete cookie:


The methods in some of the other answers that use a regular expression do not cover all cases, particularly:

  1. When the cookie is the last cookie. In this case there will not be a semicolon after the cookie value.
  2. When another cookie name ends with the name being looked up. For example, you are looking for the cookie named "one", and there is a cookie named "done".
  3. When the cookie name includes characters that are not interpreted as themselves when used in a regular expression unless they are preceded by a backslash.

The following method handles these cases:

function getCookie(name) {
    function escape(s) { return s.replace(/([.*+?\^${}()|\[\]\/\\])/g, '\\$1'); };
    var match = document.cookie.match(RegExp('(?:^|;\\s*)' + escape(name) + '=([^;]*)'));
    return match ? match[1] : null;

This will return null if the cookie is not found. It will return an empty string if the value of the cookie is empty.


  1. This function assumes cookie names are case sensitive.
  2. document.cookie - When this appears on the right-hand side of an assignment, it represents a string containing a semicolon-separated list of cookies, which in turn are name=value pairs. There appears to be a single space after each semicolon.
  3. String.prototype.match() - Returns null when no match is found. Returns an array when a match is found, and the element at index [1] is the value of the first matching group.

Regular Expression Notes:

  1. (?:xxxx) - forms a non-matching group.
  2. ^ - matches the start of the string.
  3. | - separates alternative patterns for the group.
  4. ;\\s* - matches one semi-colon followed by zero or more whitespace characters.
  5. = - matches one equal sign.
  6. (xxxx) - forms a matching group.
  7. [^;]* - matches zero or more characters other than a semi-colon. This means it will match characters up to, but not including, a semi-colon or to the end of the string.

4 years later, ES6 way simpler version.

function getCookie(name) {
  let cookie = {};
  document.cookie.split(';').forEach(function(el) {
    let [k,v] = el.split('=');
    cookie[k.trim()] = v;
  return cookie[name];

I have also created a gist to use it as a Cookie object. e.g., Cookie.set(name,value) and Cookie.get(name)

This read all cookies instead of scanning through. It's ok for small number of cookies.


I have modified the function that Jonathan provided here, by using regular expression you can get a cookie value by its name like this:

function getCookie(name){
    var pattern = RegExp(name + "=.[^;]*")
    var matched = document.cookie.match(pattern)
        var cookie = matched[0].split('=')
        return cookie[1]
    return false

If it returns empty string it means that the cookie exists but has no value, if it returns false then the cookie doesn't exist. I hope this helps.


I know it is an old question but I came across this problem too. Just for the record, There is a little API in developers mozilla web page.

Yoy can get any cookie by name using only JS. The code is also cleaner IMHO (except for the long line, that I'm sure you can easily fix).

function getCookie(sKey) {
    if (!sKey) { return null; }
    return decodeURIComponent(document.cookie.replace(new RegExp("(?:(?:^|.*;)\\s*" + encodeURIComponent(sKey).replace(/[\-\.\+\*]/g, "\\$&") + "\\s*\\=\\s*([^;]*).*$)|^.*$"), "$1")) || null;

As stated in the comments be aware that this method assumes that the key and value were encoded using encodeURIComponent(). Remove decode & encodeURIComponent() if the key and value of the cookie were not encoded.


You can use js-cookie library to get and set JavaScript cookies.

Include to your HTML:

<script src="[email protected]/src/js.cookie.min.js"></script>

To create a Cookie:

Cookies.set('name', 'value');

To read a Cookie:

Cookies.get('name'); // => 'value'

Use object.defineProperty

With this, you can easily access cookies

Object.defineProperty(window, "Cookies", {
    get: function() {
        return document.cookie.split(';').reduce(function(cookies, cookie) {
            cookies[cookie.split("=")[0]] = unescape(cookie.split("=")[1]);
            return cookies
        }, {});

From now on you can just do:

alert( Cookies.obligations );

This will automatically update too, so if you change a cookie, the Cookies will change too.


kirlich gave a good solution. However, it fails when there are two cookie values with similar names, here is a simple fix for this situation:

function getCookie(name) {
  var value = "; " + document.cookie;
  var parts = value.split("; " + name + "=");
  if (parts.length >= 2) return parts.pop().split(";").shift();

always works well:

function getCookie(cname) {
    var name = cname + "=",
        ca = document.cookie.split(';'),
        ca_length = ca.length;
    for (i = 0; i < ca_length; i += 1) {
        c = ca[i];
        while (c.charAt(0) === ' ') {
            c = c.substring(1);
        if (c.indexOf(name) !== -1) {
            return c.substring(name.length, c.length);
    return "";

function setCookie(variable, value, expires_seconds) {
    var d = new Date();
    d = new Date(d.getTime() + 1000 * expires_seconds);
    document.cookie = variable + '=' + value + '; expires=' + d.toGMTString() + ';';

No requirements for jQuery or anything. Pure old good JavaScript.


Here is a pretty short version

 function getCookie(n) {
    let a = `; ${document.cookie}`.match(`;\\s*${n}=([^;]+)`);
    return a ? a[1] : '';

Note that I made use of ES6's template strings to compose the regex expression.


Simple function for Get cookie with cookie name:

function getCookie(cn) {
    var name = cn+"=";
    var allCookie = decodeURIComponent(document.cookie).split(';');
    var cval = [];
    for(var i=0; i < allCookie.length; i++) {
        if (allCookie[i].trim().indexOf(name) == 0) {
            cval = allCookie[i].trim().split("=");
    return (cval.length > 0) ? cval[1] : "";

Apparently MDN has never heard of the word-boundary regex character class \b, which matches contiguous \w+ that is bounded on either side with \W+:

getCookie = function(name) {
    var r = document.cookie.match("\\b" + name + "=([^;]*)\\b");
    return r ? r[1] : null;

var obligations = getCookie('obligations');

Here is a one liner to get a cookie with a specific name without the need of any external lib:

var cookie = ("; "+document.cookie).split("; YOUR_COOKIE_NAME=").pop().split(";").shift();

This answer is based on kirlich's brilliant solution. The only compromise of this solution is, that you will get an empty string when the cookie does not exist. In most cases this should not be a deal breaker, though.


It seems to me you could split the cookie key-value pairs into an array and base your search on that:

var obligations = getCookieData("obligations");

Which runs the following:

function getCookieData( name ) {
    var pairs = document.cookie.split("; "),
        count = pairs.length, parts; 
    while ( count-- ) {
        parts = pairs[count].split("=");
        if ( parts[0] === name )
            return parts[1];
    return false;


Or possibly even the following:

function getCookieData( name ) {
    var patrn = new RegExp( "^" + name + "=(.*?);" ),
        patr2 = new RegExp( " " + name + "=(.*?);" );
    if ( match = (document.cookie.match(patrn) || document.cookie.match(patr2)) )
        return match[1];
    return false;
function getCookie(name) {
    var pair = document.cookie.split('; ').find(x => x.startsWith(name+'='));
    if (pair)
       return pair.split('=')[1]

In my projects I use following function to access cookies by name

function getCookie(cookie) {
    return document.cookie.split(';').reduce(function(prev, c) {
        var arr = c.split('=');
        return (arr[0].trim() === cookie) ? arr[1] : prev;
    }, undefined);

There are already nice answers here for getting the cookie,However here is my own solution :

function getcookie(cookiename){
var cookiestring  = document.cookie;
var cookiearray = cookiestring.split(';');
for(var i =0 ; i < cookiearray.length ; ++i){ 
        return cookiearray[i].replace(`${cookiename}=`,'').trim();
} return null;

usage :`

   // gets cookie with name session_id

set by javascript

document.cookie = 'cookiename=tesing';

get by jquery with the jquery-cookie plugin

var value = $.cookie("cookiename");



document.cookie = "test1=Hello";
document.cookie = "test2=World";

var cookieValue = document.cookie.replace(/(?:(?:^|.*;\s*)test2\s*\=\s*([^;]*).*$)|^.*$/, "$1");


If you just need to check if some cookie exist then simple do this:

document.cookie.split('logged=true').length == 2

if cookie logged=true exist, you will get 2, if not 1.

logged=true - change this to you cookie name=value, or just a name


My solution is this:

function getCookieValue(cookieName) {
    var ca = document.cookie.split('; ');
    return _.find(ca, function (cookie) {
        return cookie.indexOf(cookieName) === 0;

This function uses the Underscorejs _.find-function. Returns undefined if cookie name doesn't exist


I have done it this way. so that i get an object to access to separate the values.With this u can pass the cookie to the parent and then you can access your values by the keys like

var cookies=getCookieVal(mycookie);
function getCookieVal(parent) {
            var cookievalue = $.cookie(parent).split('&');
            var obj = {};
            $.each(cookievalue, function (i, v) {
                var key = v.substr(0, v.indexOf("="));
                var val = v.substr(v.indexOf("=") + 1, v.length);

                obj[key] = val;

            return obj;

A functional approach to find existing cookies. It returns an array, so it supports multiple occurrences of the same name. It doesn't support partial key matching, but it's trivial to replace the === in the filter with a regex.

function getCookie(needle) {
    return document.cookie.split(';').map(function(cookiestring) {
        cs = cookiestring.trim().split('=');

        if(cs.length === 2) {
            return {'name' : cs[0], 'value' : cs[1]};
        } else {
            return {'name' : '', 'value' : ''};
    .filter(function(cookieObject) { 
        return ( === needle);

Following function will return a key-value pair of the required cookie, where key is the cookie name and value will be the value of the cookie.

 * Returns cookie key-value pair
var getCookieByName = function(name) {
    var result = ['-1','-1'];
    if(name) {
        var cookieList = document.cookie.split(';');
        result = $.grep(cookieList,function(cookie) { 
            cookie = cookie.split('=')[0];
            return cookie == name;
    return result;

Cookies example: example JS:

document.cookies = {
   create : function(key, value, time){
     if (time) {
         var date = new Date();
         var expires = "; expires="+date.toGMTString();
     else var expires = "";
     document.cookie = key+"="+value+expires+"; path=/";
   erase : function(key){
   read : function(key){
     var keyX = key + "=";
     var ca = document.cookie.split(';');
     for(var i=0;i < ca.length; i++) {
        var c = ca[i];
        while (c.charAt(0)==' ') c = c.substring(1,c.length);
          if (c.indexOf(keyX) == 0) return   c.substring(keyX.length,c.length);
     return null;

Store arrays and objects with json or xml


I would do something like this:

function getCookie(cookie){
  return cookie
    .map(function(line){return line.split(',');})
    .reduce(function(props,line) {
      var name = line[0].slice(0,line[0].search('='));
      var value = line[0].slice(line[0].search('='));
      props[name] = value;
      return props;

This will return your cookie as an object.

And then you can call it like this:


I like to use a closure for getting cookie values by name. The closure below will allow you to get a cookie value by name but will only parse the cookie string if it has been updated.

You can retrieve the value of a cookie with the following:

var foo = cookies.get( "bar" );


var cookies = ( function() {
    var cookieString = null;
    var cookieArray = [];

    function getValOf( name ) {
        if ( newCookies() ) {
        return cookieArray[ name ];

    // Check if new cookies have been added
    function newCookies() {
        return cookieString === document.cookie;

    function parseCookieString() {
        cookieString = document.cookie;

        // Separate cookies
        var cookies = cookieString.split( ";" );

        // Empty previous cookies
        cookieArray = [];

        // Update cookieArray with new name-value pairs
        for ( var i in cookies ) {

            // Separate name and value
            var nameVal = cookies[ i ].split( "=" );
            var name = nameVal[ 0 ].trim();
            var value = nameVal[ 1 ].trim();

            // Add cookie name value pair to dictionary
            cookieArray[ name ] = value;

    return {

         * Returns value or undefined
        get: function( name ) {
            return getValOf( name );

Just use the following function (a pure javascript code)

const getCookie = (name) => {
 const cookies = Object.assign({}, ...document.cookie.split('; ').map(cookie => {
    const name = cookie.split('=')[0];
    const value = cookie.split('=')[1];

    return {[name]: value};

  return cookies[name];

My one linear function to get the value cookie by its key.

cookie = key=>(new RegExp(key+'=(.*?); ','gm')).exec(document.cookie+'; ')[1]

Call cookie function as


Get cookie by name just pass the name of cookie to below function

function getCookie(cname) {
  var name = cname + "=";
  var decodedCookie = decodeURIComponent(document.cookie);
  var ca = decodedCookie.split(';');
  for(var i = 0; i <ca.length; i++) {
    var c = ca[i];
    while (c.charAt(0) == ' ') {
      c = c.substring(1);
    if (c.indexOf(name) == 0) {
      return c.substring(name.length, c.length);
  return "";

I wrote something that might be easy to use, If anyone has some things to add, feel free to do so. The source code is available at GitHub.

function getcookie(name = '') {
    let cookies = document.cookie;
    let cookiestore = {};
    cookies = cookies.split(";");
    if (cookies[0] == "" && cookies[0][0] == undefined) {
        return undefined;
    cookies.forEach(function(cookie) {
        cookie = cookie.split(/=(.+)/);
        if (cookie[0].substr(0, 1) == ' ') {
            cookie[0] = cookie[0].substr(1);
        cookiestore[cookie[0]] = cookie[1];
    return (name !== '' ? cookiestore[name] : cookiestore);


getcookie() - returns an object with all cookies on the web page.

getcookie('myCookie') - returns the value of the cookie myCookie from the cookie object, otherwise returns undefined if the cookie is empty or not set.


// Have some cookies :-)
document.cookie = "myCookies=delicious";
document.cookie = "myComputer=good";
document.cookie = "myBrowser=RAM hungry";

// Read them
console.log( "My cookies are " + getcookie('myCookie') );
// Outputs: My cookies are delicious

console.log( "My computer is " + getcookie('myComputer') );
// Outputs: My computer is good

console.log( "My browser is " + getcookie('RAM hungry') );
// Outputs: My browser is RAM hungry

console.log( getcookie() );
// Outputs: {myCookie: "delicious", myComputer: "good", myBrowser: "RAM hungry"}

// (does cookie exist?)
if (getcookie('hidden_cookie')) {
    console.log('Hidden cookie was found!');
} else {
    console.log('Still no cookie :-(');

// (do any cookies exist?)
if (getcookie()) {
    console.log("You've got cookies to eat!");
} else {
    console.log('No cookies for today :-(');


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