The getElementsByName() method of the Document object returns a NodeList Collection of elements with a given name attribute in the document.





The value of the name attribute of the element(s) we are looking for.

Return value

A live NodeList collection, meaning it automatically updates as new elements with the same name are added to, or removed from, the document.


<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <title>Example: using document.getElementsByName</title>
    <input type="hidden" name="up" />
    <input type="hidden" name="down" />
const up_names = document.getElementsByName("up");
console.log(up_names[0].tagName); // displays "INPUT"


The name attribute can only be applied in (X)HTML documents.

The returned NodeList Collection contains all elements with the given name, such as <meta>, <object>, and even elements which do not support the name attribute at all.

Warning: The getElementsByName method works differently in IE10 and below. There, getElementsByName() also returns elements that have an id attribute with the specified value. Be careful not to use the same string as both a name and an id.

Warning: The getElementsByName method works differently in IE. There, getElementsByName() does not return all elements which may not have a name attribute (such as <span>).

Warning: Both IE and Edge return an HTMLCollection, not a NodeList


HTML Standard
# dom-document-getelementsbyname-dev

Browser compatibility

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See also