/Web APIs

Element: children property

The read-only children property returns a live HTMLCollection which contains all of the child elements of the element upon which it was called.

Element.children includes only element nodes. To get all child nodes, including non-element nodes like text and comment nodes, use Node.childNodes.


An HTMLCollection which is a live, ordered collection of the DOM elements which are children of node. You can access the individual child nodes in the collection by using either the item() method on the collection, or by using JavaScript array-style notation.

If the element has no element children, then children is an empty list with a length of 0.


const myElement = document.getElementById("foo");
for (const child of myElement.children) {


Browser compatibility

Desktop Mobile
Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari WebView Android Chrome Android Firefox for Android Opera Android Safari on IOS Samsung Internet
children 1 12 3.5 9
6–9Also includes non-standard HTMLCommentElement nodes.
10 4 4.4 18 4 10.1 3 1.0

See also

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