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The <menuitem> HTML element represents a command that a user is able to invoke through a popup menu. This includes context menus, as well as menus that might be attached to a menu button.

A command can either be defined explicitly, with a textual label and optional icon to describe its appearance, or alternatively as an indirect command whose behavior is defined by a separate element. Commands can also optionally include a checkbox or be grouped to share radio buttons. (Menu items for indirect commands gain checkboxes or radio buttons when defined against elements <input type="checkbox"> and <input type="radio">.)


This element includes the global attributes; in particular title can be used to describe the command, or provide usage hints.

checked Deprecated Non-standard

Boolean attribute which indicates whether the command is selected. May only be used when the type attribute is checkbox or radio.

command Deprecated Non-standard

Specifies the ID of a separate element, indicating a command to be invoked indirectly. May not be used within a menu item that also includes the attributes checked, disabled, icon, label, radiogroup or type.

default Deprecated Non-standard

This Boolean attribute indicates use of the same command as the menu's subject element (such as a button or input).

disabled Deprecated Non-standard

Boolean attribute which indicates that the command is not available in the current state. Note that disabled is distinct from hidden; the disabled attribute is appropriate in any context where a change in circumstances might render the command relevant.

icon Deprecated Non-standard

Image URL, used to provide a picture to represent the command.


The name of the command as shown to the user. Required when a command attribute is not present.

radiogroup Deprecated Non-standard

This attribute specifies the name of a group of commands to be toggled as radio buttons when selected. May only be used where the type attribute is radio.

type Deprecated Non-standard

This attribute indicates the kind of command, and can be one of three values.

  • command: A regular command with an associated action. This is the missing value default.
  • checkbox: Represents a command that can be toggled between two different states.
  • radio: Represent one selection from a group of commands that can be toggled as radio buttons.




<!-- A <div> element with a context menu -->
<div contextmenu="popup-menu">Right-click to see the adjusted context menu</div>

<menu type="context" id="popup-menu">
  <menuitem type="checkbox" checked>Checkbox</menuitem>
  <hr />
    label="This command does nothing"
    Commands don't render their contents.
    label="This command has javascript"
    onclick="alert('command clicked')">
    Commands don't render their contents.
  <hr />
  <menuitem type="radio" radiogroup="group1">Radio Button 1</menuitem>
  <menuitem type="radio" radiogroup="group1">Radio Button 2</menuitem>



div {
  width: 300px;
  height: 80px;
  background-color: lightgreen;


Technical summary

Content categories None.
Permitted content None; it is a void element.
Tag omission Must have a start tag and must not have an end tag.
Permitted parents The <menu> element, where that element is in the popup menu state. (If specified, the type attribute of the <menu> element must be popup; if missing, the parent element of the <menu> must itself be a <menu> in the popup menu state.)
Permitted ARIA roles None
DOM interface HTMLMenuItemElement


Not part of any current specifications.

Browser compatibility

See also

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