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HTML DOM getElementById() Method

Document Object Reference Document Object

Example

Return the element with the specified ID:

document.getElementById("demo");

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Definition and Usage

The getElementById() method returns the element that has the ID attribute with the specified value.

This method is one of the most common methods in the HTML DOM, and is used almost every time you want to manipulate, or get info from, an element on your document.

Returns null if no elements with the specified ID exists.

If more than one element with the specified ID exists, the getElementById() method returns the first element.


Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The getElementById() method is supported in all major browsers.


Syntax

document.getElementById(elementID)

Parameters

Parameter Type Description
elementID String Required. The ID attribute's value of the element you want to get

Return Value

Type Description
Element object The element with the specified ID

Technical Details

DOM Version Core Level 2 Document Object


Document Object Reference Document Object


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