window.location.hash issue in Firefox

Consider the following code:

hashString = window.location.hash.substring(1);
alert('Hash String = '+hashString);

When run with the following hash:


the result in Chrome and Safari will be:


but in Firefox (Mac AND PC) will be:

car=Town & Country

Because I use the same code to parse query and hash params:

function parseParams(paramString) {

        var params = {};
            var e,
            a = /\+/g,  // Regex for replacing addition symbol with a space
            r = /([^&;=]+)=?([^&;]*)/g,
            d = function (s) { return decodeURIComponent(s.replace(a, " ")); },
        q = paramString;

        while (e = r.exec(q))
           params[d(e[1])] = d(e[2]);

        return params;


Firefox's idiosyncrasy here breaks it: The car param winds up being "Town", no country.

Is there a safe way to parse hash params across browsers, or to fix how Firefox reads them?

NOTE: This issue is limited to Firefox's parsing of HASH params. When running the same test with query strings:

queryString =;
alert('Query String = '+queryString);

all browsers will show:




A workaround is to use

window.location.toString().split('#')[1] // car=Town%20%26%20Country

Instead of


May I also suggest a different method (looks simpler to understand IMHO)

function getHashParams() {
   // Also remove the query string
   var hash = window.location.toString().split(/[#?]/)[1];
   var parts = hash.split(/[=&]/);
   var hashObject = {};
   for (var i = 0; i < parts.length; i+=2) {
     hashObject[decodeURIComponent(parts[i])] = decodeURIComponent(parts[i+1]);
   return hashObject;

Test Case

url = color=red?qs1=two&qs2=anything

getHashParams() // returns {"car type": "Town & Country", "car color": "red"}

window.location.toString().split('#')[1] will work in most cases but not if the hash contains another hash (encoded or otherwise).

In other words split('#') might return an array of length>2. Try the following (or own variation) instead:

var url = location.href;        // the href is unaffected by the Firefox bug
var idx = url.indexOf('#');     // get the first indexOf '#'
if (idx >= 0) {                 // '#' character is found
    hash = url.substring(idx, url.length); //the window.hash is the remainder
} else {
    return;                     // no hash is found... do something sensible


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