Document.firstElementChild

The Document.firstElementChild read-only property returns the document's first child Element, or null if there are no child elements.

For HTML documents, this is usually the only child, the root <html> element.

See Element.firstElementChild for the first child element of specific elements within a document.

Syntax

// Getter
element = document.firstElementChild;

// No setter; read-only property

Example

document.firstElementChild;
// returns the root <html> element, the only child of the document

Specifications

Specification
DOM
The definition of 'ParentNode.firstElementChild' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

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See also