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jquery popup blocker detection (5)

I tried a number of the examples above, but I could not get them to work with Chrome. This simple approach seems to work with Chrome 39, Firefox 34, Safari 5.1.7, and IE 11. Here is the snippet of code from our JS library.

openPopUp: function(urlToOpen) {
    var,"myWindow","toolbar=no, location=no, directories=no, status=no, menubar=no, scrollbars=yes, resizable=yes, copyhistory=yes, width=400, height=400");            
    try {
    } catch (e) {
        alert("Pop-up Blocker is enabled! Please add this site to your exception list.");

Occasionally, I've come across a webpage that tries to pop open a new window (for user input, or something important), but the popup blocker prevents this from happening.

What methods can the calling window use to make sure the new window launched properly?

I've tried lots of solutions, but the only one I could come up with that also worked with uBlock Origin, was by utilising a timeout to check the closed status of the popup.

function popup (url, width, height) {
    const left = (window.screen.width / 2) - (width / 2)
    const top = (window.screen.height / 2) - (height / 2)
    let opener =, '', `menubar=no, toolbar=no, status=no, resizable=yes, scrollbars=yes, width=${width},height=${height},top=${top},left=${left}`)

    window.setTimeout(() => {
        if (!opener || opener.closed || typeof opener.closed === 'undefined') {
            console.log('Not allowed...') // Do something here.
    }, 1000)

Obviously this is a hack; like all solutions to this problem.

You need to provide enough time in your setTimeout to account for the initial opening and closing, so it's never going to be thoroughly accurate. It will be a position of trial and error.

Add this to your list of attempts.

If you use JavaScript to open the popup, you can use something like this:

var newWin =;             

if(!newWin || newWin.closed || typeof newWin.closed=='undefined') 

One "solution" that will always work regardless of browser company or version is to simply put a warning message on the screen, somewhere close to the control that will create a pop-up, that politely warns the user that the action requires a pop-up and to please enable them for the site.

I know it's not fancy or anything, but it can't get any simpler and only requires about 5 minutes testing, then you can move on to other nightmares.

Once the user has allowed pop-ups for your site, it would also be considerate if you don't overdo the pop-ups. The last thing you want to do is annoy your visitors.

This solution for popup blocker checking has been tested in FF (v11), Safari (v6), Chrome (v23.0.127.95) & IE (v7 & v9). Update the _displayError function to handle the error message as you see fit.

var popupBlockerChecker = {
    check: function(popup_window){
        var _scope = this;
        if (popup_window) {
                setTimeout(function () {
                    _scope._is_popup_blocked(_scope, popup_window);
                popup_window.onload = function () {
                    _scope._is_popup_blocked(_scope, popup_window);
        } else {
    _is_popup_blocked: function(scope, popup_window){
        if ((popup_window.innerHeight > 0)==false){ 
    _displayError: function(){
       alert("Popup Blocker is enabled! Please add this site to your exception list.");


var popup ="", '_blank');

Hope this helps! :)