Get element ancestors

JavaScript, Browser · Jan 5, 2021

Returns all the ancestors of an element from the document root to the given element.

  • Use Node.parentNode and a while loop to move up the ancestor tree of the element.
  • Use Array.prototype.unshift() to add each new ancestor to the start of the array.
const getAncestors = el => {
  let ancestors = [];
  while (el) {
    el = el.parentNode;
  return ancestors;
// [document, html, body, header, nav]

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