:has() Selector

has selector

Description: Selects elements which contain at least one element that matches the specified selector.

  • version added: 1.1.4jQuery( ":has(selector)" )

    selector: Any selector.

The expression $( "div:has(p)" ) matches a <div> if a <p> exists anywhere among its descendants, not just as a direct child.

Additional Notes:

  • Because :has() is a jQuery extension and not part of the CSS specification, queries using :has() cannot take advantage of the performance boost provided by the native DOM querySelectorAll() method. For better performance in modern browsers, use $( "your-pure-css-selector" ).has( selector/DOMElement ) instead.


Adds the class "test" to all divs that have a paragraph inside of them.

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <title>has demo</title>
  .test {
    border: 3px inset red;
  <script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.5.0.js"></script>
<div><p>Hello in a paragraph</p></div>
<div>Hello again! (with no paragraph)</div>
$( "div:has(p)" ).addClass( "test" );


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