Returns a node from a NodeList by index. This method doesn't throw exceptions as long as you provide arguments. A value of null is returned if the index is out of range, and a TypeError is thrown if no argument is provided.


nodeItem = nodeList.item(index) 
  • nodeList is a NodeList. This is usually obtained from another DOM property or method, such as childNodes.
  • index is the index of the node to be fetched. The index is zero-based.
  • nodeItem is the indexth node in the nodeList returned by the item method.

Alternate Syntax

JavaScript also offers an array-like bracketed syntax for obtaining an item from a NodeList by index:

nodeItem = nodeList[index]


var tables = document.getElementsByTagName("table"); 
var firstTable = tables.item(1); // or simply tables[1] - returns the second table in the DOM


DOM Level 1 Core: NodeList.item()

DOM Level 2 Core: NodeList.item()

Browser compatibility

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Basic supportChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox ? IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile ? Firefox Android ? Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android Full support Yes


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