Obsolete
This feature is obsolete. Although it may still work in some browsers, its use is discouraged since it could be removed at any time. Try to avoid using it.

The obsolete HTML No Frames or frame fallback element, <noframes>, provides content to be presented in browsers that don't support (or have disabled support for) the <frame> element. Although most commonly-used browsers support frames, there are exceptions, including certain special-use browsers including some mobile browsers, as well as text-mode browsers.

A <noframes> element can contain any HTML elements that are allowed within the body of an HTML document, with the exception of the <frameset> and <frame> elements, since using frames when they aren't supported doesn't make sense.

<noframes> can be used to present a message explaining that the user's browser doesn't support frames, but ideally should be used to present an alternate form of the site that doesn't use frames but still offers the same or similar functionality.

In HTML 5 and later, <noframes> is obsolete and shouldn't be used, since the <frame> and <frameset> elements are also obsolete. When frames are needed at all, they should be presented using the <iframe> element.

Attributes

Like all other HTML elements, this element supports the global attributes. It has no other attributes available.

Example

In this example, we see a frameset with two frames. In addition, <noframes> is used to present an explanatory message if the user agent doesn't support frames.

<frameset cols="50%,50%">
  <frame src="https://developer.mozilla.org/en/HTML/Element/frameset" />
  <frame src="https://developer.mozilla.org/en/HTML/Element/frame" />
  <noframes><p>It seems your browser does not support frames or is not configured do so.</p></noframes>
</frameset>

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<noframes>' in that specification.
Living Standard  
HTML5
The definition of '<noscript>' in that specification.
Recommendation  
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<noframes>' in that specification.
Recommendation  

Browser compatibility

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See also

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