HTMLElement: nonce property

The nonce property of the HTMLElement interface returns the cryptographic number used once that is used by Content Security Policy to determine whether a given fetch will be allowed to proceed.

In later implementations, elements only expose their nonce attribute to scripts (and not to side-channels like CSS attribute selectors).


Retrieving a nonce value

In the past, not all browsers supported the nonce IDL attribute, so a workaround is to try to use getAttribute as a fallback:

let nonce = script["nonce"] || script.getAttribute("nonce");

However, recent browsers version hide nonce values that are accessed this way (an empty string will be returned). The IDL property (script['nonce']) will be the only way to access nonces.

Nonce hiding helps prevent attackers from exfiltrating nonce data via mechanisms that can grab data from content attributes like this CSS selector:

script[nonce~="whatever"] {
  background: url("");


HTML Standard
# dom-noncedelement-nonce

Browser compatibility

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See also