sessionStorage and localStorage not working in Internet Explorer 10

I stumbled over an interesting issue when testing the web storage support in Internet Explorer 10 (localStorage and sessionStorage).

Basically, when loading an HTML document from the local drive without using a web server (file:// protocol), these features are not working in Internet Explorer 10.

When you run the following code in Internet Explorer 10:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html xmlns="">
    <title>Web storage test</title>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        if (window.sessionStorage) {
            alert("We have session storage!");

        if (window.localStorage) {
            alert("We have local storage!");

It will display the alerts only when running from a web server (local or remote) using the http(s):// protocol. When trying to open the file locally without a server, window.localStorage and window.sessionStorage will be unavailable and the alerts will not show.

If you are looking for alternatives, take a look at this stackoverflow post which lists a handfull:
HTML5 Local Storage fallback solutions

Hope this helps someone stumbling upon this issue.

A quick test with current versions of Firefox and Chrome, showed that these browsers do not share this problem.


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2 Responses to “sessionStorage and localStorage not working in Internet Explorer 10”

  1. none Says:

    Thank you. I stumbled on this same thing. If I run it from the LAN (one machine to another), then it works.

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