The contains() method of the DOMTokenList interface returns a Booleantrue if the underlying list contains the given token, otherwise false.




A DOMString representing the token you want to check for the existance of in the list.

Return value

A Boolean, which is true if the calling list contains token, otherwise false.


In the following example we retrieve the list of classes set on a <span> element as a DOMTokenList using Element.classList. We then test for the existence of "c" in the list, and write the result into the <span>'s Node.textContent.

First, the HTML:

<span class="a b c"></span>

Now the JavaScript:

let span = document.querySelector("span");
let classes = span.classList;
let result = classes.contains("c");
if (result) {
  span.textContent = "The classList contains 'c'";
} else {
   span.textContent = "The classList does not contain 'c'";

The output looks like this:


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The definition of 'contains()' in that specification.
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containsChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support YesIE Full support 10Opera Full support YesSafari Full support 5.1WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support 5.1Samsung Internet Android Full support Yes


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