The innerText property of the HTMLElement interface represents the "rendered" text content of a node and its descendants. As a getter, it approximates the text the user would get if they highlighted the contents of the element with the cursor and then copied it to the clipboard.

Note: innerText is easily confused with Node.textContent, but there are important differences between the two. Basically, innerText is aware of the rendered appearance of text, while textContent is not.

Syntax

var renderedText = HTMLElement.innerText;
HTMLElement.innerText = string;

Value

A DOMString representing the rendered text content of an element. If the element itself is not being rendered (e.g detached from the document or is hidden from view), the returned value is the same as the Node.textContent property.

Example

This example compares innerText with Node.textContent. Note how innerText is aware of things like <br> tags, and ignores hidden elements.

HTML

<h3>Source element:</h3>
<p id="source">
  <style>#source { color: red; }</style>
Take a look at<br>how this text<br>is interpreted
       below.
  <span style="display:none">HIDDEN TEXT</span>
</p>
<h3>Result of textContent:</h3>
<textarea id="textContentOutput" rows="6" cols="30" readonly>...</textarea>
<h3>Result of innerText:</h3>
<textarea id="innerTextOutput" rows="6" cols="30" readonly>...</textarea>

JavaScript

const source = document.getElementById('source');
const textContentOutput = document.getElementById('textContentOutput');
const innerTextOutput = document.getElementById('innerTextOutput');

textContentOutput.innerHTML = source.textContent;
innerTextOutput.innerHTML = source.innerText;

Result

Specification

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'innerText' in that specification.
Living Standard Introduced, based on the draft of the innerText specification. See whatwg/html#465 and whatwg/compat#5 for history.

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support 4Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 45IE Full support 10Opera Full support 9.6Safari Full support 3WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support 12Firefox Android Full support 45Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support 4Samsung Internet Android Full support Yes

Legend

Full support  
Full support

This feature was originally introduced by Internet Explorer, and was formally specified in the HTML standard in 2016 after being adopted by all major browser vendors.

See also

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