How to detect HTTPS with JavaScript.

In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to detect HTTPS / SSL using JavaScript.

The goal here is to check if the user is accessing our page over a secure connection.

To figure all of this out, we can use the location.protocol property.

Take a look at the custom JavaScript function below. This function will return a boolean TRUE value if the browser is using SSL:

//Checks to see if the current protocol is HTTPS / SSL
function isHttps(){
    return (document.location.protocol == 'https:');

The function above checks to see if the location.protocol property contains the string https:.

If it does, this function will return a TRUE value. If not, it will return a boolean FALSE value.

You can use this function like so:

    console.log('HTTPS is enabled.');
} else{
    console.log('HTTPS is not enabled.');

Thankfully, all major browsers support the Location interface and its location.protocol property. As a result, this function will be able to detect the correct protocol in the vast majority of cases.

If you log the location.protocol property to the browser’s console, you will get a better idea of what it contains:

//Dump out the location.protocol property
//to the browser console.

For example, on a “plaintext” HTML page, this will result in the following: “http:”

This might come in useful if you need to dynamically create HTTPS links.