HTML DOM nodeValue Property

Element Object


Get the node value of the first <button> element in the document:

var x = document.getElementsByTagName("BUTTON")[0].childNodes[0].nodeValue;

The result of x will be:

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Definition and Usage

The nodeValue property sets or returns the node value of the specified node.

If the node is an element node, the nodeValue property will return null.

Note: If you want to return the text of an element, remember that text is always inside a Text node, and you will have to return the Text node's node value (element.childNodes[0].nodeValue).

For other node types, the nodeValue property will return different values for different node types.

Tip: An alternative to the nodeValue property can be the textContent property.

Browser Support

nodeValue Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes


Return the node value:


Set the node value:

node.nodeValue = value

Property Values

Value Description
value  Specifies the node value of the specified node

Technical Details

Return Value: A String, representing the value of the node.

Possible values:

  • Returns null for element nodes and document nodes
  • Returns the value of the attribute for attribute nodes
  • Returns the content for text nodes
  • Returns the content for comment nodes
DOM Version Core Level 1 Node Object

More Examples


Get the node name, node value and the node type of the <div> element's first child node:

<div id="myDIV">This is a div element.</div>

var x = document.getElementById("myDIV").firstChild;
var txt = "";
txt += "The node name: " + x.nodeName + "<br>";
txt += "The node value: " + x.nodeValue + "<br>";
txt += "The node type: " + x.nodeType;

The result of txt will be:

The node name: #text
The node value: This is a div element.
The node type: 3
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Related Pages

HTML DOM reference: node.nodeName Property

HTML DOM reference: node.nodeType Property

HTML DOM reference: node.nodeValue Property

HTML DOM reference: node.childNodes Property

Element Object