Difference Between JavaScript assign() and replace() method

Difference Between JavaScript assign() and replace() method

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Below you will get to learn the difference between the assign() method and the replace() method in the JavaScript window.location object.

The window.location by the way is one of the useful BOM (Browser Object Model) APIs, which is available in JavaScript for interacting with the browser.

Check out 4 Methods of the window.location you should know, to have more understanding and use case of the window.location methods.


You should have a basic understanding of JavaScript before continuing with this article.

If you are good to go, then let's move!!

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1. The assign() method

This method allows us to replace the current URL of the browser with a new one, and then load the new URL resource (loads the new URL page).

Let's say we want to visit https://hashnode.com/ from our http://localhost:5501/.

We can achieve this with the assign() method code below


<button onclick="redirectToHashnode()" class="hashnode">


.hashnode {
    background-color: purple;
    border: none;
    color: white;
    font-size: 17px;
    padding: 12px 32px;
    font-weight: 700;
    cursor: pointer;


function redirectToHashnode() {



Click on the Hashnode button and you should have the hashnode homepage displayed on your browser.

Long press on the back arrow and observe the browsing history of the page which means that we can navigate back to the previous page (locahost:5001) before we landed on the Hashnode homepage.


2. The replace() method

All we need to do here is replace the assign() method with the replace() method in our JavaScript function like below.

function redirectToHashnode() {
    // Change assign to replace

Now let's see how this works, navigate back to the hashnode button page and click it once again.

Long press on the browser back barrow button, you should observe that the previous page is not listed on the browsing list this time.



The replace() method can come in handy when you do not want a user to go back to the sign-in page after login into the dashboard or having access to the previous payment process page.


  1. The assign() method allows us to navigate back to the previous page

  2. The replace() method does not allow us to navigate back to the previous page because it doesn't save the current page URL in the session history.

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