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Remove an Element

For whatever reason, an element can't destroy itself in JavaScript. jQuery has a method for this, which is nice because this is how we think:


But there is no direct equivalent in JavaScript. Instead you'll need to select the parent element and use removeChild.

So if you have:

<div class="module">
  <div class="remove-me">...</div>

You'll need to do:

var thingToRemove = document.querySelectorAll(".remove-me")[0];


Or if you had a reference to an element and wanted to empty out all the elements inside it, but keep it:

mydiv = document.getElementById('empty-me');
while (mydiv.firstChild) {


  1. Andy Hoffman
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    How about using a facade pattern for this task?

    function myWrapper(element) {
      this.element = element;
    myWrapper.prototype.remove = function() {
    var some_el = new myWrapper(
  2. ffffdessscn
    Permalink to comment#

    Nice but to difficult for most html, css and jquery people.

    • Nah you’ll be OK.

      Think of it like this:

      // jQuery: thingToRemove = $(".remove-me");
      var thingToRemove = document.querySelectorAll(".remove-me")[0];
      // jQuery: thingToRemove.remove();

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