The setAttributeNode() method adds a new Attr node to the specified element.


var replacedAttr = element.setAttributeNode(attribute);
  • attribute is the Attr node to set on the element.
  • replacedAttr is the replaced attribute node, if any, returned by this function.


This example copies the align attribute from one element to another.


<div id="one" align="left">one</div>
<div id="two">two</div>


let d1 = document.getElementById('one');
let d2 = document.getElementById('two');
let a = d1.getAttributeNode('align');


// Returns: 'left'


If the attribute named already exists on the element, that attribute is replaced with the new one and the replaced one is returned.

This method is seldom used, with Element.setAttribute() usually being used to change element's attributes.

DOM methods dealing with element's attributes:

Not namespace-aware, most commonly used methods Namespace-aware variants (DOM Level 2) DOM Level 1 methods for dealing with Attr nodes directly (seldom used) DOM Level 2 namespace-aware methods for dealing with Attr nodes directly (seldom used)
setAttribute (DOM 1) setAttributeNS setAttributeNode setAttributeNodeNS
getAttribute (DOM 1) getAttributeNS getAttributeNode getAttributeNodeNS
hasAttribute (DOM 2) hasAttributeNS - -
removeAttribute (DOM 1) removeAttributeNS removeAttributeNode -


Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'setAttributeNode()' in that specification.
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setAttributeNodeChrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12Firefox Full support YesIE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support 6WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes


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