JavaScript itself has nothing built in for handling query string parameters.

Code running in a (modern) browser you can use the URL object (which is part of the APIs provided by browsers to JS):

var url_string = ""; //window.location.href
var url = new URL(url_string);
var c = url.searchParams.get("c");

For older browsers (including Internet Explorer), you can use this polyfill or the code from the original version of this answer that predates URL:

You could access, which would give you from the ? character on to the end of the URL or the start of the fragment identifier (#foo), whichever comes first.

Then you can parse it with this:

function parse_query_string(query) {
  var vars = query.split("&");
  var query_string = {};
  for (var i = 0; i < vars.length; i++) {
    var pair = vars[i].split("=");
    var key = decodeURIComponent(pair[0]);
    var value = decodeURIComponent(pair[1]);
    // If first entry with this name
    if (typeof query_string[key] === "undefined") {
      query_string[key] = decodeURIComponent(value);
      // If second entry with this name
    } else if (typeof query_string[key] === "string") {
      var arr = [query_string[key], decodeURIComponent(value)];
      query_string[key] = arr;
      // If third or later entry with this name
    } else {
  return query_string;

var query_string = "a=1&b=3&c=m2-m3-m4-m5";
var parsed_qs = parse_query_string(query_string);

You can get the query string from the URL of the current page with:

var query =;
var qs = parse_query_string(query);