Element.closest()

The closest() method of the Element interface traverses the element and its parents (heading toward the document root) until it finds a node that matches the specified CSS selector.

Syntax

closest(selectors)

Parameters

selectors

A string of valid CSS selector to match the Element and its ancestors against.

Return value

The closest ancestor Element or itself, which matches the selectors. If there are no such element, null.

Exceptions

SyntaxError DOMException

Thrown if the selectors is not a valid CSS selector.

Examples

HTML

<article>
  <div id="div-01">Here is div-01
    <div id="div-02">Here is div-02
      <div id="div-03">Here is div-03</div>
    </div>
  </div>
</article>

JavaScript

const el = document.getElementById('div-03');

// the closest ancestor with the id of "div-02"
console.log(el.closest('#div-02')); // <div id="div-02">

// the closest ancestor which is a div in a div
console.log(el.closest('div div')); // <div id="div-03">

// the closest ancestor which is a div and has a parent article
console.log(el.closest("article > div")); // <div id="div-01">

// the closest ancestor which is not a div
console.log(el.closest(":not(div)")); // <article>

Specifications

Specification
DOM Standard
# ref-for-dom-element-closest①

Browser compatibility

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Compatibility notes

  • In Edge 15-18 document.createElement(tagName).closest(tagName) will return null if the element is not first connected (directly or indirectly) to the context object, for example the Document object in the case of the normal DOM.

See also