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The ChildNode.replaceWith() method replaces this ChildNode in the children list of its parent with a set of Node or DOMString objects. DOMString objects are inserted as equivalent Text nodes.

Syntax

[Throws, Unscopable] 
void ChildNode.replaceWith((Node or DOMString)... nodes);

Parameters

nodes
A set of Node or DOMString objects to replace.

Exceptions

Examples

Using replaceWith()

var parent = document.createElement("div");
var child = document.createElement("p");
parent.appendChild(child);
var span = document.createElement("span");

child.replaceWith(span);

console.log(parent.outerHTML);
// "<div><span></span></div>"

ChildNode.replaceWith() is unscopable

The replaceWith() method is not scoped into the with statement. See Symbol.unscopables for more information.

with(node) { 
  replaceWith("foo");
}
// ReferenceError: replaceWith is not defined 

Polyfill

You can polyfill the replaceWith() method in Internet Explorer 6 and higher with the following code:

function ReplaceWith(Ele) {
  'use-strict'; // For safari, and IE > 10
  var parent = this.parentNode,
      i = arguments.length,
      firstIsNode = +(parent && typeof Ele === 'object');
  if (!parent) return;
  
  while (i-- > firstIsNode){
    if (parent && typeof arguments[i] !== 'object'){
      arguments[i] = document.createTextNode(arguments[i]);
    } if (!parent && arguments[i].parentNode){
      arguments[i].parentNode.removeChild(arguments[i]);
      continue;
    }
    parent.insertBefore(this.previousSibling, arguments[i]);  }
  }
  if (firstIsNode) parent.replaceChild(this, Ele);
}
if (!Element.prototype.replaceWith)
    Element.prototype.replaceWith = ReplaceWith;
if (!CharacterData.prototype.replaceWith)
    CharacterData.prototype.replaceWith = ReplaceWith;
if (!DocumentType.prototype.replaceWith) 
    CharacterData.prototype.replaceWith = ReplaceWith;

Specification

Specification Status Comment
DOM
The definition of 'ChildNode.replacewith()' in that specification.
Living Standard Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Edge Opera Safari
Basic support 54.0 49 (49) No support[1] No support 39.0 No support
Feature Android Webview Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Edge Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Chrome for Android
Basic support ? 49.0 (49) No support ? 39.0 No support 54.0

[1] Internet Explorer supports the non-standard HTMLElement.replaceNode method; see MSDN: replaceNode

See also

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