The DOMImplementation interface represent an object providing methods which are not dependent on any particular document. Such an object is returned by the Document.implementation property.


This interface has no specific property and doesn't inherit any.


No inherited method.

Creates and returns an XMLDocument.
Creates and returns a DocumentType.
Creates and returns an HTML Document.
Returns a Boolean indicating if a given feature is supported or not. This function is unreliable and kept for compatibility purpose alone: except for SVG-related queries, it always returns true. Old browsers are very inconsistent in their behavior.


Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'DOMImplementation' in that specification.
Living Standard Removed the getFeature() method.
Added the createHTMLDocument() method.
Modified the return type of createDocument() from Document to XMLDocument.
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 3 Core Specification
The definition of 'DOMImplementation' in that specification.
Obsolete Added the getFeature() method (never implemented by any user agent).
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Core Specification
The definition of 'DOMImplementation' in that specification.
Obsolete Added the createDocument() and createDocumentType() methods.
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 1 Specification
The definition of 'DOMImplementation' in that specification.
Obsolete Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 1.0 (Yes) 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) 6.0 (Yes) (Yes)
createHTMLDocument() (Yes) (Yes) 4.0 (2.0) 9.0 (Yes) (Yes)
createDocument() (Yes) (Yes) 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) 9.0 (Yes) (Yes)
hasFeature() (Yes) (Yes) 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) [1] 6.0 (Yes) (Yes)
createDocumentType() (Yes) (Yes) 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) 9.0 (Yes) (Yes)
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) 1.0 (1.0) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
createHTMLDocument() (Yes) (Yes) 4.0 (2.0) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
createDocument() (Yes) (Yes) 1.0 (1.0) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
hasFeature() (Yes) (Yes) 1.0 (1.0) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
createDocumentType() (Yes) (Yes) 1.0 (1.0) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

[1] Since Gecko 19, hasFeature() mostly returns true.

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