The Range.cloneContents() returns a DocumentFragment copying the objects of type Node included in the Range.

Event Listeners added using DOM Events are not copied during cloning. HTML attribute events are duplicated as they are for the DOM Core cloneNode method. HTML id attributes are also cloned, which can lead to an invalid document through cloning.

Partially selected nodes include the parent tags necessary to make the document fragment valid.


documentFragment = range.cloneContents();


range = document.createRange();
documentFragment = range.cloneContents();


Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'Range.cloneContents()' in that specification.
Living Standard No change.
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Traversal and Range Specification
The definition of 'Range.cloneContents()' in that specification.
Obsolete Initial specification.

Browser compatibility

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Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) 9.0 9.0 (Yes)
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) 1.0 (1.0) 9.0 9.0 (Yes)

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