Window.frameElement

The Window.frameElement property returns the element (such as <iframe> or <object>) in which the window is embedded.

Note: Despite this property's name, it works for documents embedded within any embedding point, including <object>, <iframe>, or <embed>.

Syntax

const frameEl = window.frameElement

Value

The element which the window is embedded into. If the window isn't embedded into another document, or if the document into which it's embedded has a different origin, the value is null instead.

Example

const frameEl = window.frameElement;
// If we're embedded, change the containing element's URL to 'http://mozilla.org/'
if (frameEl) {
  frameEl.src = 'http://mozilla.org/';
}

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'Window.frameElement' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial specification.

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
frameElementChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 5.5Opera Full support ≤12.1Safari Full support 3WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support ≤12.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0

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See also

  • window.frames returns an array-like object, listing the direct sub-frames of the current window.
  • window.parent returns the parent window, which is the window containing the frameElement of the child window.