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The HTML Command element (<command>) represents a command which the user can invoke. Commands are often used as part of a context menu or toolbar. However, they can be used anywhere on the page.

The <command> element is included in the W3C specification, but not in the WHATWG specification, and browser support is nonexistent. You should use the <menuitem> (en-US) element instead, although that element is non-standard and only supported in Edge and Firefox.

Content categories Flow content, phrasing content, metadata content.
Permitted content None, it is an empty element.
Tag omission The start tag is mandatory, but, as it is a void element, the use of an end tag is forbidden.
Permitted parent elements <colgroup> only, though it can be implicitly defined as its start tag is not mandatory. The <colgroup> must not have a <span> as child.
DOM interface HTMLCommandElement


This element includes the global attributes.

Indicates whether the command is selected. Must be omitted unless the type attribute is checkbox or radio.
Iindicates that the command is not available.
Gives a picture which represents the command.
The name of the command as shown to the user.
This attribute gives the name of the group of commands, with a type of radio, that will be toggled when the command itself is toggled. This attribute must be omitted unless the type attribute is radio.
This attribute indicates the kind of command. This can be one of three values.
  • command or empty which is the default state and indicates that this is a normal command.

  • checkbox indicates that the command can be toggled using a checkbox.

  • radio indicates that the command can be toggled using a radio button.


<command type="command" label="Save"
    icon="icons/save.png" onclick="save()">


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard Living Standard  
The definition of '<command>' in that specification.

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