HTML/Javascript change div content

HTML/Javascript change div content

I have simple HTML code with some javascript, it looks like:

I just wanted to be able to change the div’s content (it’s inner html) with selecting one of “A” or “B” radio buttons, but div#content does not have javascript attribute “value”, so I am asking how it can be done.


Solution 1:

Assuming you’re not using jQuery or some other library that makes this sort of thing easier for you, you can just use the element’s innerHTML property.

document.getElementById("content").innerHTML = "whatever";

Solution 2:


Solution 3:

Get the id of the div whose content you want to change then assign the text as below:

  var myDiv = document.getElementById("divId");
  myDiv.innerHTML = "Content To Show";

Solution 4:

you can use following helper function:

function content(divSelector, value) {
    document.querySelector(divSelector).innerHTML = value;


Where #content must be valid CSS selector

Here is working example.

Additionaly – today (2018.07.01) I made speed comparison for jquery and pure js solutions ( MacOs High Sierra 10.13.3 on Chrome 67.0.3396.99 (64-bit), Safari 11.0.3 (13604.5.6), Firefox 59.0.2 (64-bit) ):

document.getElementById("content").innerHTML = "whatever"; // pure JS
$('#content').html('whatever');                            // jQuery

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The jquery solution was slower than pure js solution: 69% on firefox, 61% on safari, 56% on chrome. The fastest browser for pure js was firefox with 560M operations per second, the second was safari 426M, and slowest was chrome 122M.

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So the winners are pure js and firefox (3x faster than chrome!)

You can test it in your machine:

Solution 5:

<!DOCTYPE html>
  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width">
  <title>JS Bin</title>
  <input type="radio" name="radiobutton" value="A" onclick = "populateData(event)">
  <input type="radio" name="radiobutton" value="B" onclick = "populateData(event)">

    <div id="content"></div>

—————–JS- code————

var targetDiv = document.getElementById('content');
    var htmlContent = '';

    function populateData(event){
        case 'A':{
         htmlContent = 'Content for A';
        case 'B':{
          htmlContent = "content for B";
      targetDiv.innerHTML = htmlContent;

Step1: on click of the radio button it calls function populate data, with event (an object that has event details such as name of the element, value etc..);

Step2: I extracted the value through and then simple switch will give me freedom to add custom text.

Live Code,js,output

Solution 6:

change onClick to onClick="changeDivContent(this)" and try

function changeDivContent(btn) {
  content.innerHTML = btn.value
function changeDivContent(btn) {
  content.innerHTML = btn.value
<input type="radio" name="radiobutton" value="A" onClick="changeDivContent(this)">
<input type="radio" name="radiobutton" value="B" onClick="changeDivContent(this)">

<div id="content"></div>