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Detect MetaMask

The presence of the MetaMask Ethereum provider object, window.ethereum, in a user's browser indicates an Ethereum user.

To demonstrate this, verify if your browser is running MetaMask by copying and pasting the following code snippet in the developer console of your browser:

if (typeof window.ethereum !== 'undefined') {
console.log('MetaMask is installed!');

To differentiate MetaMask from other Ethereum-compatible browsers, you can detect MetaMask using the window.ethereum.isMetaMask property.

Use @metamask/detect-provider

We recommend using the @metamask/detect-provider module to detect the MetaMask Ethereum provider on any platform or browser.

Use npm to install @metamask/detect-provider in your project directory:

npm i @metamask/detect-provider

For example, the following code detects the provider using @metamask/detect-provider:

// This function detects most providers injected at window.ethereum.
import detectEthereumProvider from '@metamask/detect-provider';

// This returns the provider, or null if it wasn't detected.
const provider = await detectEthereumProvider();

if (provider) {
// From now on, this should always be true:
// provider === window.ethereum
startApp(provider); // initialize your app
} else {
console.log('Please install MetaMask!');

function startApp(provider) {
// If the provider returned by detectEthereumProvider isn't the same as
// window.ethereum, something is overwriting it – perhaps another wallet.
if (provider !== window.ethereum) {
console.error('Do you have multiple wallets installed?');
// Access the decentralized web!

Compile the module

Use a bundler such as Webpack to compile the module and create an output script. Install Webpack in your project directory:

npm i --save-dev webpack

Install the Webpack CLI:

npm i --save-dev webpack-cli

Compile the module:

npx webpack

When compiling the module, you might need to pass CLI options such as --experiments-top-level-await. You can alternatively specify options in a configuration file as follows:

module.exports = {
experiments: {
topLevelAwait: true,

Run npx webpack again upon any changes to index.js. See Webpack's Getting Started guide for more information.