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 Booleantrue if the underlying list contains the given 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 existance 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:

var span = document.querySelector("span");
var classes = span.classList;
var 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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Basic supportChrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12Firefox Full support YesIE Full support 10Opera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes


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