The CSSStyleDeclaration.item() method interface returns a CSS property name from a CSSStyleDeclaration by index. This method doesn't throw exceptions as long as you provide arguments; the empty string is returned if the index is out of range and a TypeError is thrown if no argument is provided.


var propertyName = style.item(index);


  • index is the index of the node to be fetched. The index is zero-based.

Return value

  • propertyName is a DOMString that is the name of the CSS property at the specified index.

JavaScript has a special simpler syntax for obtaining an item from a NodeList by index:

var propertyName = style[index];


var style = document.getElementById('div1').style;
var propertyName = style.item(1); // or simply style[1] - returns the second style listed


Specification Status Comment
CSS Object Model (CSSOM)
The definition of 'CSSStyleDeclaration.item()' in that specification.
Working Draft  
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Style Specification
The definition of 'CSSStyleDeclaration' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?

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