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The ParentNode mixin defines the querySelectorAll() method as returning a NodeList representing a list of elements matching the specified group of selectors which are descendants of the object on which the method was called.

If you need only a single result, consider the querySelector() method instead.


elementList = parentNode.querySelectorAll(selectors);


A DOMString containing one or more selectors to match against. This string must be a valid CSS selector string; if it's not, a SyntaxError exception is thrown. See Locating DOM elements using selectors for more information about using selectors to identify elements. Multiple selectors may be specified by separating them using commas.

Note: Characters which are not part of standard CSS syntax must be escaped using a backslash character. Since JavaScript also uses backspace escaping, special care must be taken when writing string literals using these characters. See Escaping special characters for more information.

Return value

A non-live NodeList containing one Element object for each descendant node that matches at least one of the specified selectors.

Note: If the specified selectors include a CSS pseudo-element, the returned list is always empty.


The syntax of the specified selectors string is not valid.


To obtain a NodeList of all of the <p> elements in the document:

var matches = document.querySelectorAll("p");

This example returns a list of all <div> elements within the document with a class of either "note" or "alert":

var matches = document.querySelectorAll("div.note, div.alert");

Here, we get a list of <p> elements whose immediate parent element is a div with the class "highlighted" and which are located inside a container whose ID is "test".

var container = document.querySelector("#test");
var matches = container.querySelectorAll("div.highlighted > p");

This example uses an attribute selector to return a list of the iframe elements in the document that contain an attribute named "data-src":

var matches = document.querySelectorAll("iframe[data-src]");

Here, an attribute selector is used to return a list of the list items contained within a list whose ID is "userlist" which have a "data-active" attribute whose value is "1":

var container = document.querySelector("#userlist");
var matches = container.querySelectorAll("li[data-active=1]");

User notes

querySelectorAll() behaves differently than most common JavaScript DOM libraries, which might lead to unexpected results.


Consider this HTML, with its three nested <div> blocks.

<div class="outer">
  <div class="select">
    <div class="inner">


var select = document.querySelector('.select');
var inner = select.querySelectorAll('.outer .inner');
inner.length; // 1, not 0!

In this example, when selecting ".outer .inner" in the context the <div> with the class "select", the element with the class ".inner" is still found, even though .outer is not a descendant of the base element on which the search is performed (".select"). By default, querySelectorAll() only verifies that the last element in the selector is within the search scope.

The :scope pseudo-class restores the expected behavior, only matching selectors on descendants of the base element:

var select = document.querySelector('.select');
var inner = select.querySelectorAll(':scope .outer .inner');
inner.length; // 0


Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'ParentNode.querySelectorAll()' in that specification.
Living Standard Living standard
Selectors API Level 2
The definition of 'ParentNode.querySelectorAll()' in that specification.
Obsolete No change
The definition of 'ParentNode.querySelectorAll()' in that specification.
Obsolete Initial definition
Selectors API Level 1
The definition of 'document.querySelector()' in that specification.
Obsolete Original definition

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support1 Yes3.591103.2
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes ? Yes103.2 Yes

1. Internet Explorer 8 only supported CSS2 selectors.

See also

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