Element.matches()

The matches() method of the Element interface tests whether the element would be selected by the specified CSS selector.

Syntax

matches(selectorString)

Parameters

selectors

A string containing valid CSS selectors to test the Element against.

Return value

true if the Element matches the selectors. Otherwise, false.

Exceptions

SyntaxError DOMException

Thrown if selectors cannot be parsed as a CSS selector list.

Examples

HTML

<ul id="birds">
  <li>Orange-winged parrot</li>
  <li class="endangered">Philippine eagle</li>
  <li>Great white pelican</li>
</ul>

JavaScript

const birds = document.querySelectorAll('li');

for (const bird of birds) {
  if (bird.matches('.endangered')) {
    console.log(`The ${bird.textContent} is endangered!`);
  }
}

This will log "The Philippine eagle is endangered!" to the console, since the element has indeed a class attribute with value endangered.

Specifications

Specification
DOM Standard
# ref-for-dom-element-matches①

Browser compatibility

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See also