The innerText property of the HTMLElement interface represents the "rendered" text content of a node and its descendants. As a getter, it approximates the text the user would get if they highlighted the contents of the element with the cursor and then copied it to the clipboard.

This feature was originally introduced by Internet Explorer, and was formally specified in the HTML standard in 2016 after being adopted by all major browser vendors.

Node.textContent is a somewhat similar alternative, although there are important differences between the two.


elemInstance.innerText = string;


A string representing the rendered text content of an element.


let string = 'Hello, I am pleased to see you';
const para = document.querySelector('p');

para.innerText = string;


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'innerText' in that specification.
Living Standard Introduced, based on the draft of the innerText specification. See whatwg/html#465 and whatwg/compat#5 for history.

Browser compatibility

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See also

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