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HTML DOM cloneNode() Method

Element Object Reference Element Object

Example

Copy a list item from one list to another:

var node=document.getElementById("myList2").lastChild.cloneNode(true);
document.getElementById("myList1").appendChild(node);

Before cloning:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Water
  • Milk

After cloning:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Milk

Try it yourself »


Definition and Usage

The cloneNode() method creates a copy of a node, and returns the clone.

The cloneNode() method clones all attributes and their values.

Set the deep parameter value to true if you want to clone all descendants, otherwise false.


Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

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


Syntax

node.cloneNode(deep)

Parameters

Parameter Type Description
deep Boolean Optional. Default is false
true if you want to clone the node, its attributes, and its descendants
false if you want to clone only the node and its attributes

Return Value

Type Description
Node object The cloned node

Technical Details

DOM Version Core Level 1 Node Object


Element Object Reference Element Object


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