What is the “hasClass” function with plain JavaScript?

What is the “hasClass” function with plain JavaScript?

How do you do jQuery’s hasClass with plain ol’ JavaScript? For example,

What’s the JavaScript way to ask if has thatClass?


Solution 1:

You can check whether element.className matches /\bthatClass\b/.
\b matches a word break.

Or, you can use jQuery’s own implementation:

var className = " " + selector + " ";
if ( (" " + element.className + " ").replace(/[\n\t]/g, " ").indexOf(" thatClass ") > -1 ) 

To answer your more general question, you can look at jQuery’s source code on github or at the source for hasClass specifically in this source viewer.

Solution 2:

Simply use classList.contains():

if (document.body.classList.contains('thatClass')) {
    // do some stuff

Other uses of classList:

// $('body').addClass('thisClass');

// $('body').removeClass('thatClass');

// $('body').toggleClass('anotherClass');

Browser Support:

  • Chrome 8.0
  • Firefox 3.6
  • IE 10
  • Opera 11.50
  • Safari 5.1

classList Browser Support

Solution 3:

The most effective one liner that

  • returns a boolean (as opposed to Orbling’s answer)
  • Does not return a false positive when searching for thisClass on an element that has class="thisClass-suffix".
  • is compatible with every browser down to at least IE6
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function hasClass( target, className ) {
    return new RegExp('(\\s|^)' + className + '(\\s|$)').test(target.className);

Solution 4:

// 1. Use if for see that classes:

if (document.querySelector(".section-name").classList.contains("section-filter")) {
  alert("Grid section");
  // code...
<!--2. Add a class in the .html:-->

<div class="section-name section-filter">...</div>

Solution 5:

The attribute that stores the classes in use is className.

So you can say:

if (document.body.className.match(/\bmyclass\b/)) {

If you want a location that shows you how jQuery does everything, I would suggest:


Solution 6:

I use a simple/minimal solution, one line, cross browser, and works with legacy browsers as well:

/\bmyClass/.test(document.body.className) // notice the \b command for whole word 'myClass'

This method is great because does not require polyfills and if you use them for classList it’s much better in terms of performance. At least for me.

Update: I made a tiny polyfill that’s an all round solution I use now:

function hasClass(element,testClass){
  if ('classList' in element) { return element.classList.contains(testClass);
} else { return new Regexp(testClass).exec(element.className); } // this is better

//} else { return el.className.indexOf(testClass) != -1; } // this is faster but requires indexOf() polyfill
  return false;

For the other class manipulation, see the complete file here.

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