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System Color Theme Check In JavaScript

System Color Theme Check In JavaScript

Detect dark or light theme in web

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Bibek Kakati
ยทJul 23, 2022ยท

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Few days back I was wondering how to know if the system theme is dark or light in web using JavaScript and I found a way to detect that.

In this article, I will share the implementation that I used to check the system theme.

  • We will use the method matchMedia() provided by the browser's window interface.

  • matchMedia method expects a mediaQueryString as a parameter and it will return a MediaQueryList object.

  • MediaQueryList object will have a property called matches of Boolean data type.


if (window.matchMedia('(prefers-color-scheme: dark)').matches) {
    // Dark Mode

prefers-color-scheme is a CSS media feature used to detect the system color theme.

We can also have a listener, if user changes the theme in-between.

   .matchMedia("(prefers-color-scheme: dark)")
   .addEventListener("change", (event) => {
       const theme = event.matches ? "dark" : "light";

Let me know in the comments if you are aware of any other way to detect the system theme in web.

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