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HTML DOM Element removeChild()


Remove the first element from a list:

const list = document.getElementById("myList");


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If a list has child nodes, remove the first (index 0):

const list = document.getElementById("myList");

if (list.hasChildNodes()) {
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Remove all child nodes from a list:

const list = document.getElementById("myList");

while (list.hasChildNodes()) {
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More examples below.

Definition and Usage

The removeChild() method removes an element's child.


The child is removed from the Document Object Model (the DOM).

However, the returned node can be modified and inserted back into the DOM (See "More Examples").

See Also:

The remove() Method

The appendChild() Method

The insertBefore() Method

The replaceChild() Method

The childNodes Property

The firstChild Property

The lastChild Property

The firstElementChild Property

The lastElementChild Property




Parameter Description
node Required.
The node (element) to remove.

Return Value

Type Description
NodeThe removed node (element).
null if the child does not exist.

More Examples

Remove an element from its parent node:

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Remove an element from its parent, and insert it again:

const element = document.getElementById("myLI");

function removeLi() {
function appendLi() {
  const list = document.getElementById("myList");
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Use appendChild() or insertBefore() to insert a removed node into the same document.

Use document.adoptNode() or document.importNode() to insert it into another document.


Remove an element from its parent and insert it into another document:

const child = document.getElementById("mySpan");

function remove() {

function insert() {
  const frame = document.getElementsByTagName("IFRAME")[0]
  const h = frame.contentWindow.document.getElementsByTagName("H1")[0];
  const x = document.adoptNode(child);
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Browser Support

element.removeChild() is a DOM Level 1 (1998) feature.

It is fully supported in all browsers:

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