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Returns a NodeList representing a list of elements with the current element as root that matches the specified group of selectors.


elementList = document.querySelectorAll(selectors);


The returned NodeList will contain all the elements in the document that are matched by any of the specified selectors. If the selectors string contains a CSS pseudo-element, the returned elementList will be empty.


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");


Returns a non-live NodeList of all the matching element nodes.

Throws a SYNTAX_ERR exception if the specified group of selectors is invalid.

querySelectorAll() was introduced in the WebApps API.

The string argument passed to querySelectorAll() must follow the CSS syntax. See document.querySelector for concrete examples.


Specification Status Comment
Selectors API Level 2
The definition of 'ParentNode.querySelectorAll()' in that specification.
Working Draft No change
The definition of 'ParentNode.querySelectorAll()' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 1 (Yes) 3.5 9
10 3.2
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 2.1 (Yes) (Yes) 9 10.0 3.2

[1] Internet Explorer 8 only supported CSS2 selectors.

See also

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