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if...else Statement

if...else Statement (JavaScript)


Conditionally executes a group of statements, depending on the value of an expression.

if (condition1) {
[else if (condition2) {
[else {


Required. A Boolean expression. If condition1 is null or undefined, condition1 is treated as false.


Optional. The statement to be executed if condition1 is true. Can be a compound statement.


The condition to be evaluated.


Optional. The statement to be executed if condition2 is true. Can be a compound statement.


If both condition1 and condition2 are false, this statement is executed.

The following code shows how to use if, if else, and else.

It is good practice to enclose statement1 and statement2 in braces ({}) for clarity and to avoid inadvertent errors.

var z = 3;
if (x == 5) {
    z = 10;
else if (x == 10) {
    z = 15;
else {
    z = 20;


Supported in the following document modes: Quirks, Internet Explorer 6 standards, Internet Explorer 7 standards, Internet Explorer 8 standards, Internet Explorer 9 standards, Internet Explorer 10 standards, Internet Explorer 11 standards. Also supported in Store apps (Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1). See Version Information.

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