Element.removeAttribute()

The Element method removeAttribute() removes the attribute with the specified name from the element.

Syntax

element.removeAttribute(attrName);

Parameters

attrName
A DOMString specifying the name of the attribute to remove from the element. If the specified attribute does not exist, removeAttribute() returns without generating an error.

Return value

undefined.

Usage notes

You should use removeAttribute() instead of setting the attribute value to null either directly or using setAttribute(). Many attributes will not behave as expected if you set them to null.

DOM methods dealing with element's attributes:

Not namespace-aware, most commonly used methods Namespace-aware variants (DOM Level 2) DOM Level 1 methods for dealing with Attr nodes directly (seldom used) DOM Level 2 namespace-aware methods for dealing with Attr nodes directly (seldom used)
setAttribute (DOM 1) setAttributeNS setAttributeNode setAttributeNodeNS
getAttribute (DOM 1) getAttributeNS getAttributeNode getAttributeNodeNS
hasAttribute (DOM 2) hasAttributeNS - -
removeAttribute (DOM 1) removeAttributeNS removeAttributeNode -

Example

// Given: <div id="div1" align="left" width="200px"> 
document.getElementById("div1").removeAttribute("align"); 
// Now: <div id="div1" width="200px">

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
DOM
The definition of 'Element" removeAttribute' in that specification.
Living Standard

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
removeAttributeChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12
Notes
Full support 12
Notes
Notes This function doesn't respect boolean attributes' default values. See bug 12087679.
Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 8Opera Full support 8Safari Full support 3WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support 10.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0

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