Version: Smart Feature Phone 3.0



The ServiceWorker interface of the Service Worker API provides a reference to a service worker. Multiple browsing contexts (e.g. pages, workers, etc.) can be associated with the same service worker, each through a unique ServiceWorker object.

A ServiceWorker object is available in the property, and the ServiceWorkerContainer.controller property — this is a service worker that has been activated and is controlling the page (the service worker has been successfully registered, and the controlled page has been reloaded.)

The ServiceWorker interface is dispatched a set of lifecycle events — install and activate — and functional events including fetch. A ServiceWorker object has an associated ServiceWorker.state, related to its lifecycle.


The ServiceWorker interface inherits properties from its parent, Worker.


      Returns the ServiceWorker serialized script URL defined as part of ServiceWorkerRegistration. The URL must be on the same origin as the document that registers the ServiceWorker.


      Returns the state of the service worker. It returns one of the following values: installing, installed, activating, activated, or redundant.

Event handlers#


      An EventListener property called whenever an event of type statechange is fired; it is basically fired anytime the ServiceWorker.state changes.


The ServiceWorker interface inherits methods from its parent, Worker, with the exception of Worker.terminate — this should not be accessible from service workers.


This code snippet is from the service worker registration-events sample (live demo). The code listens for any change in the ServiceWorker.state and returns its value.

if ('serviceWorker' in navigator) {
navigator.serviceWorker.register('service-worker.js', {
scope: './'
}).then(function (registration) {
var serviceWorker;
if (registration.installing) {
serviceWorker = registration.installing;
document.querySelector('#kind').textContent = 'installing';
} else if (registration.waiting) {
serviceWorker = registration.waiting;
document.querySelector('#kind').textContent = 'waiting';
} else if ( {
serviceWorker =;
document.querySelector('#kind').textContent = 'active';
if (serviceWorker) {
// logState(serviceWorker.state);
serviceWorker.addEventListener('statechange', function (e) {
// logState(;
}).catch (function (error) {
// Something went wrong during registration. The service-worker.js file
// might be unavailable or contain a syntax error.
} else {
// The current browser doesn't support service workers.

Related Topic#

ServiceWorker API