.JS File Extension

JavaScript File

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What is a JS file?

A JS file is a plain text file that contains JavaScript code. It is used to execute JavaScript instructions in a webpage. JS files may include functions that open and close windows, validate form fields, enable rollover images, or create dropdown menus.

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JS file open in Microsoft Visual Studio Code

Web developers use JavaScript to add dynamic and interactive elements to webpages. One of the ways developers can add JavaScript functions to a webpage is by importing them using a JS file.

Developers usually import JS files in the <head> or <body> sections of a webpage's HTML, as shown below:

<head> <script type="text/javascript" src="FileInfo.comExample.js"></script> </head>

JS files often contain standard or site-wide functions that a developer wants to include on each of a site's webpages. Storing the functions in a single, importable JS file makes them easier to maintain and troubleshoot.

How to open a JS file

You can open and edit a JS file in any text or source code editor. Source code editors, such as Microsoft Visual Studio Code and GitHub Atom contain helpful syntax-highlighting and code-editing tools that make reading and editing JS files easier.

Programs that open JS files

JScript Executable Script

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Executable script written in JScript, Microsoft's version of JavaScript

Programs that open JS files

Windows-based script host (Wscript.exe)

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