Element: setHTML() method

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The setHTML() method of the Element interface is used to parse and sanitize a string of HTML and then insert it into the DOM as a subtree of the element. It should be used instead of Element.innerHTML for inserting untrusted strings of HTML into an element.

The parsing process drops any elements in the HTML string that are invalid in the context of the current element, while sanitizing removes any unsafe or otherwise unwanted elements, attributes or comments. The default Sanitizer() configuration strips out XSS-relevant input by default, including <script> tags, custom elements, and comments. The sanitizer configuration may be customized using Sanitizer() constructor options.

Note: Use Sanitizer.sanitizeFor() instead of this method if the string must be inserted into the DOM at a later point, for example if the target element is not yet available.



setHTML(input, options)



A string defining HTML to be sanitized.

options Optional

An options object with the following optional parameters:


A Sanitizer object which defines what elements of the input will be sanitized. If not specified, the default Sanitizer object is used.

Return value

None (undefined).




The code below demonstrates how to sanitize a string of HTML and insert it into the Element with an id of target.


const unsanitized_string = "abc <script>alert(1)<" + "/script> def"; // Unsanitized string of HTML
const sanitizer1 = new Sanitizer(); // Default sanitizer;

// Get the Element with id "target" and set it with the sanitized string.
  .setHTML(unsanitized_string, { sanitizer: sanitizer1 });

// Result (as a string): "abc  def"

Note: This example uses the default sanitizer. The Sanitizer constructor is used to configure sanitizer options.


HTML Sanitizer API
# dom-element-sethtml

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