The HTMLElement.contentEditable property is used to indicate whether or not the element is editable. This enumerated attribute can have the following values:

  • "true" indicates that the element is contenteditable.
  • "false" indicates that the element cannot be edited.
  • "inherit" indicates that the element inherits its parent's editable status.

You can use the HTMLElement.isContentEditable property to test the computed Boolean value of this property.

Note: In Internet Explorer contenteditable cannot be applied to the TABLE, COL, COLGROUP, TBODY, TD, TFOOT, TH, THEAD, and TR elements directly. A content editable SPAN, or DIV element can be placed inside the individual table cells.


editable = element.contentEditable
element.contentEditable = "true"


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'contenteditable' in that specification.
Living Standard Initial definition

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes35.59 ?
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 ? ? ?

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