The Node.hasChildNodes() method returns a Boolean value indicating whether the current Node has child nodes or not.


result = node.hasChildNodes();
holds the return value true or false.


The next example removes the first child node inside the element with the id "foo" if foo has child nodes.

var foo = document.getElementById("foo");
if (foo.hasChildNodes()) { 
    // do something with 'foo.childNodes'


;(function(prototype) {
    prototype.hasChildNodes = prototype.hasChildNodes || function() {
        return !!this.firstChild;


There are various ways to determine whether the node has a child node.

  • node.hasChildNodes()
  • node.firstChild != null (or just node.firstChild)
  • node.childNodes && node.childNodes.length (or node.childNodes.length > 0)


Browser compatibility

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