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HTML DOM matches() Method

❮ Element Object

Example

Determine whether an element matches a CSS selector:

var element = document.getElementById("myElement");
if (element.matches(".container")) {
  element.innerHTML = "This element matches the \".container\" CSS selector";
} else {
  element.innerHTML = "This element does not match the \".container\" CSS selector";
}
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Definition and Usage

The matches() method returns a Boolean value indicating whether an element is matched by a specific CSS selector or not.

Tip: For a list of all CSS Selectors, look at our CSS Selectors Reference.


Browser Support

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the method.

Method
matches() 33.0 18.0 34.0 7.0 21.0

Syntax

element.matches(selectors)

Parameter Values

Parameter Description
selectors Required. Specifies one or more CSS selectors to match the element. These are used to select HTML elements based on their id, classes, types, attributes, values of attributes, etc.

For multiple selectors, separate each selector with a comma. The returned element depends on which element that is first found in the document (See "More Examples").

Tip: For a list of all CSS Selectors, look at our CSS Selectors Reference.


Technical Details

Return Value: A Boolean, indicating whether the element can be matched by the CSS selector:
  • true - The element matches the CSS selector
  • false - The element does not match the CSS selector

More Examples

Example

Find out if an element matches one of multiple selectors:

var element = document.getElementById("myElement");
if (element.matches(".container, .wrapper")) {
  element.innerHTML = "This element matches either the \".container\" CSS selector or the \".wrapper\" selector.";
} else {
  element.innerHTML = "This element does not match any of the selectors.";
}
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Related Pages

JavaScript Reference: The element.closest() method.


❮ Element Object