The Node.isSameNode() method tests whether two nodes are the same, that is if they reference the same object.


var isSameNode = node.isSameNode(otherNode);


  • otherNode The Node to test against.


In this example, we create three <div> blocks. The first and third have the same contents and attributes, while the second is different. Then we run some JavaScript to compare the nodes using isSameNode() and output the results.


<div>This is the first element.</div>
<div>This is the second element.</div>
<div>This is the first element.</div>

<p id="output"></p>


let output = document.getElementById("output");
let divList  = document.getElementsByTagName("div");

output.innerHTML += "div 0 same as div 0: " + divList[0].isSameNode(divList[0]) + "<br/>";
output.innerHTML += "div 0 same as div 1: " + divList[0].isSameNode(divList[1]) + "<br/>";
output.innerHTML += "div 0 same as div 2: " + divList[0].isSameNode(divList[2]) + "<br/>";



Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'Node' in that specification.
Living Standard No change (was for a long time removed from it).
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 3 Core Specification
The definition of 'Node.isSameNode()' in that specification.
Obsolete Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support YesEdge ? Firefox Full support 48
Full support 48
No support 1 — 10
IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 48
Full support 48
No support 4 — 10
Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?


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