Tutorial Break Out of iframe

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if (top.location!= self.location) {
   top.location = self.location.href;

That will generally work, but there is a small chance of failure in the case that window is overridden. Here's a couple of clever alternatives from Nathan Smith:


// Break out of an iframe, if someone shoves your site
// into one of those silly top-bar URL shortener things.
// Passing `this` and re-aliasing as `window` ensures
// that the window object hasn't been overwritten.
// Example:
//   var window = 'haha, punked!';
// Note: Probably unnecessary, but just for kicks.

(function(window) {
  if (window.location !== window.top.location) {
    window.top.location = window.location;


// A more cryptic one-liner, to awe & impress.
// No need to protect `window` since `this` is
// immutable, and at the topmost level means
// `window` anyways. Here, we compare locations
// on the left side of the "&&" and execute the
// code in parenthesis if that condition is
// true (top location isn't iframe location).
// Otherwise, nothing happens. It's basically an
// if statement without wrapping curly brackets.
// Weird, I know. But pretty cool, right? :)

this.top.location !== this.location && (this.top.location = this.location);


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