The Element method removeAttribute() removes the attribute with the specified name from the element.




A DOMString specifying the name of the attribute to remove from the element. If the specified attribute does not exist, removeAttribute() returns without generating an error.

Return value


Note: Since removeAttribute() doesn't return a value, you can't chain multiple calls together to remove multiple attributes at once.

Usage notes

You should use removeAttribute() instead of setting the attribute value to null either directly or using setAttribute(). Many attributes will not behave as expected if you set them to null.

DOM methods dealing with element's attributes:

Not namespace-aware, most commonly used methods Namespace-aware variants (DOM Level 2) DOM Level 1 methods for dealing with Attr nodes directly (seldom used) DOM Level 2 namespace-aware methods for dealing with Attr nodes directly (seldom used)
setAttribute (DOM 1) setAttributeNS setAttributeNode setAttributeNodeNS
getAttribute (DOM 1) getAttributeNS getAttributeNode getAttributeNodeNS
hasAttribute (DOM 2) hasAttributeNS - -
removeAttribute (DOM 1) removeAttributeNS removeAttributeNode -


// Given: <div id="div1" align="left" width="200px"> 
// Now: <div id="div1" width="200px">


DOM Level 2 Core: removeAttribute (introduced in DOM Level 1 Core)

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
removeAttributeChrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12
Full support 12
Notes This function doesn't respect boolean attributes' default values. See bug 12087679.
Firefox Full support YesIE ? Opera Full support YesSafari Full support 6WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes


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