Create HTML element

OSCC · JavaScript, Browser · Oct 19, 2020

Creates an element from a string (without appending it to the document). If the given string contains multiple elements, only the first one will be returned.

  • Use Document.createElement() to create a new element.
  • Use Element.innerHTML to set its inner HTML to the string supplied as the argument.
  • Use Element.firstElementChild to return the element version of the string.
const createElement = str => {
  const el = document.createElement('div');
  el.innerHTML = str;
  return el.firstElementChild;
const el = createElement(
  `<div class="container">
console.log(el.className); // 'container'

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