confirm() lets us ask confirmation before performing something.

This API dates back to the dawn of the Web, and is supported by every browser.

It’s very simple and I think it might come handy in many different cases without reaching for a custom-built UI.

Here’s how it works: you call confirm(), passing a string that represents the thing we want to confirm, which is shown to the user:

confirm("Are you sure you want to delete this element?")

This is how it looks in Chrome:

This is in Safari:

This is in Firefox:

As you can see it’s rendered slightly differently in each browser, but the concept is the same.

You should call window.confirm(), but since window is implicit, confirm() works

The browser blocks the script execution until the user clicks any of the OK or Cancel button. You can’t escape from that without clicking a button.

The call to confirm() returns a boolean value that’s either true, if the user clicks OK, or false if the user clicks Cancel, so we can assign it to a variable, or also use it in a conditional:

const confirmed = confirm("Are you sure you want to delete this element?")
if (confirm("Are you sure you want to delete this element?")) {
console.log('confirmed')
}