The MessageChannel interface of the Channel Messaging API allows us to create a new message channel and send data through it via its two MessagePort properties.

Note: This feature is available in Web Workers.


MessageChannel.port1 Read only
Returns port1 of the channel.
MessageChannel.port2 Read only
Returns port2 of the channel.



Returns a new MessageChannel object with two new MessagePort objects.


In the following example, you can see a new channel being created using the MessageChannel.MessageChannel constructor.

When the IFrame has loaded, we register an onmessage handler for MessageChannel.port1 and transfer MessageChannel.port2 to the IFrame using the window.postMessage method along with a message.

When a message is received back from the IFrame, the onMessage function simply outputs the message to a paragraph.

var channel = new MessageChannel();
var output = document.querySelector('.output');
var iframe = document.querySelector('iframe');

// Wait for the iframe to load
iframe.addEventListener("load", onLoad);

function onLoad() {
  // Listen for messages on port1
  channel.port1.onmessage = onMessage;

  // Transfer port2 to the iframe
  iframe.contentWindow.postMessage('Hello from the main page!', '*', [channel.port2]);

// Handle messages received on port1
function onMessage(e) {
  output.innerHTML = e.data;

For a full working example, see our channel messaging basic demo on Github (run it live too).


Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 4 Yes 41 10 10.6 5
MessageChannel 4 Yes 41 10 10.6 5
port1 4 Yes 41 10 10.6 5
port2 4 Yes 41 10 10.6 5
Android webview Chrome for Android Edge Mobile Firefox for Android Opera for Android iOS Safari Samsung Internet
Basic support 4.4 18 Yes 41 11.5 5.1 ?
MessageChannel 4.4 18 Yes 41 11.5 5.1 ?
port1 4.4 18 Yes 41 11.5 5.1 ?
port2 4.4 18 Yes 41 11.5 5.1 ?

See also

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