The property represents the name of the current <form> element as a string.

If your <form> element contains an element named name then that element overrides the property, so that you can't access it. Internet Explorer (IE) does not allow the name attribute of an element created using createElement() to be set or modified using the name property.


var string =; = string;


var form1name = document.getElementById('form1').name;

if (form1name != document.form.form1) {
  // Browser doesn't support this form of reference


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'HTMLFormElement: name' in that specification.
Living Standard

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
nameChrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12Firefox Full support YesIE ? Opera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes


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