The HTML <noscript> element defines a section of HTML to be inserted if a script type on the page is unsupported or if scripting is currently turned off in the browser.

Content categories Metadata content, flow content, phrasing content.
Permitted content When scripting is disabled and when it is a descendant of the <head> element: in any order, zero or more <link> elements, zero or more <style> elements, and zero or more <meta> elements.
When scripting is disabled and when it isn't a descendant of the <head> element: any transparent content, but no <noscript> element must be among its descendants.
Otherwise: flow content or phrasing content.
Tag omission None, both the starting and ending tag are mandatory.
Permitted parents Any element that accepts phrasing content, if there are no ancestor <noscript> element, or in a <head> element (but only for an HTML document), here again if there are no ancestor <noscript> element.
Permitted ARIA roles None
DOM interface HTMLElement

Attributes

This element only includes the global attributes.

Example

<noscript>
  <!-- anchor linking to external file -->
  <a href="https://www.mozilla.com/">External Link</a>
</noscript>
<p>Rocks!</p>

Result with scripting enabled

Rocks!

Result with scripting disabled

External Link

Rocks!

Specifications

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

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes Yes

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