Update: Sep-2018

You can use URLSearchParams which is simple and has decent (but not complete) browser support.

const urlParams = new URLSearchParams(window.location.search);
const myParam = urlParams.get('myParam');

PS

Unfortunately URLSearchParams don't properly parse query strings with string keyed values. You might want to try locutus/parse_str

console.log(new URLSearchParams('a=b&c=d').toString()); // a=b&c=d
console.log(new URLSearchParams('a=b&c=d').get('a')); // b
console.log(new URLSearchParams('filters[a]=b&filters[c]=d').toString()); // filters%5Ba%5D=b&filters%5Bc%5D=d
console.log(new URLSearchParams('filters[a]=b&filters[c]=d').get('filters')); // null

Original

You don't need jQuery for that purpose. You can use just some pure JavaScript:

function getParameterByName(name, url) {
    if (!url) url = window.location.href;
    name = name.replace(/[\[\]]/g, '\\$&');
    var regex = new RegExp('[?&]' + name + '(=([^&#]*)|&|#|$)'),
        results = regex.exec(url);
    if (!results) return null;
    if (!results[2]) return '';
    return decodeURIComponent(results[2].replace(/\+/g, ' '));
}

Usage:

// query string: ?foo=lorem&bar=&baz
var foo = getParameterByName('foo'); // "lorem"
var bar = getParameterByName('bar'); // "" (present with empty value)
var baz = getParameterByName('baz'); // "" (present with no value)
var qux = getParameterByName('qux'); // null (absent)

Note: If a parameter is present several times (?foo=lorem&foo=ipsum), you will get the first value (lorem). There is no standard about this and usages vary, see for example this question: Authoritative position of duplicate HTTP GET query keys. NOTE: The function is case-sensitive. If you prefer case-insensitive parameter name, [add 'i' modifier to RegExp][2]


This is an update based on the new URLSearchParams specs to achieve the same result more succinctly. See answer titled "URLSearchParams" below.