Get URL parameters using JavaScript

This one will be quick and easy. I'm currently working on an Angular.js/MVC application and I need to grab the URL parameters from the current page. Simple right? Well not so much. Firstly, I'm not using ngRoute and, secondly, I don't want to use any other external library/utility. Just plain, old, vanilla JavaScript. How did I do it then?

Parsing URLs with JavaScript

I've created a simple method to manage this. The method is pretty straightforward. It takes a URL, parses the parameters with a bit of RegEx 'magic' and then returns an object with our parameters. Simple.

To use this on any page to grab the URL parameters you can just do this:

var urlToParse =;  
var result = parseQueryString(urlToParse );;  

Running this code will populate the result object with the URL parameters of whatever's on your browser address bar.

If I could improve this in any way, I would have added my favorite RegEx library => VerbalExpression so I wouldn't have to deal with actual RegExs :)

How do you parse your URL parameters?

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