Returns a nodelist collection with a given name in the (X)HTML document.


elements = document.getElementsByName(name) 
  • elements is a live NodeList Collection
  • name is the value of the name attribute of the element.


<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">

<form name="up"><input type="text"></form>
<div name="down"><input type="text"></div>

var up_forms = document.getElementsByName("up");
console.log(up_forms[0].tagName); // returns "FORM"


The name attribute is only applicable to (X)HTML documents. The method returns a live NodeList Collection that contains all elements with a given value for the name attribute, such as <meta> or <object> or even if name is placed on elements which do not support a name attribute at all.

The getElementsByName method works differently in different browsers. In IE & Opera, getElementsByName() method will also return elements that have an id attribute with the specified value. so you should be careful not to use the same string as both a name and an ID.



Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'Document.getElementsByName()' in that specification.
Living Standard  
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 HTML Specification
The definition of 'Document.getElementsByName()' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

See also