Strip HTML Tags in JavaScript

var StrippedString = OriginalString.replace(/(<([^>]+)>)/ig,"");


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    Your script works great! Cheers!

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    this is so cool , i like it

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    John Doe
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    * isArray
    * @param mixed input
    * @return bol
    function is_array(obj) {
    if (obj.constructor.toString().indexOf(‘Array’) == -1) {
    return false;
    return true;
    * stripTags
    * @param mixed input
    * @parm mixed output
    function strip_tags(input) {
    if (input) {
    var tags = /(]+)>)/ig;
    if (!is_array(input)) {
    input = input.replace(tags,”);
    else {
    var i = input.length;
    var newInput = new Array();
    while(i–) {
    input[i] = input[i].replace(tags,”);
    return input;
    return false;
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    Pushpinder Bagga
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    function strip(html)
    var tmp = document.createElement("DIV");
    tmp.innerHTML = html;
    return tmp.textContent || tmp.innerText;

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      This was even better for my needs. No issues with special characters etc…

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      Morgan Roderick
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      That is awful advice!

      If for some reason (like malicious intent of users) the html argument contains a script tag, you’ve now opened up for XSS attacks!!!

      Don’t use the DOM for something that doesn’t require it.

      Also, the DOM is really slow.

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      Martin Adámek

      This solution is great for using of inner content from paragraph in JS Alert window – it strips nbsp and em efectivelly,

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      Lovely. Worked great

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    hey!!!..this is so ridiculous..

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    Thank you for great example

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    Thanks, this does exactly what I need (and so concisely, too!)

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    Thanks! A quick note about the regexp: the “i” isn’t needed here because there are no characters to be case-insensitive about. However, it does exactly what you want either way.

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    Nice, but the parentheses are unnecessary.


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    Florian Ricard
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    Hi :)

    I saw your contact form and i must say i love it!
    Do you have a tutorial or something like that? It’s a wonderful one :)^
    Hope to hear some news of you,

    A french reader,


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    Truong Duong
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    Thank for script :)

    @Ricard: If you want to make a copy of the contact form, just view source or save this page to you local ;)

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    beautul site thank you for great example

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    the /i for case insensitivity is definitely recommended.
    When using contenteditable, IE produces upper case tags, mozilla would only create lower case… To strip those you need it case insensitive.

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      DScout, this is incorrect. There are no specified alphabetical characters in the regular expression – the case insensitivity modifier therefore affects nothing.

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    I have following code:

    var text = ‘[$ ssIncludeXml(docName,”wcm:root/wcm:element[@name=’innerpage_content’]/text()”) $]’;
    var StrippedString = text.replace(/(]+)>)/ig,””);

    where ‘[$ ssIncludeXml(docName,”wcm:root/wcm:element[@name=’innerpage_content’]/text()”) $]’
    is Idoc script that brings a block of HTML from a placeholder. But i am getting “unterminated string literal” Error at first line.

    What i want to do is to remove or strip all HTML tags and to get plain text out of that markup.

    Kindly let me know if there is any solution.


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    works great but doest strip whitespaces….  

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    Valutar BNR
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    Thank you! It was very useful for me and I think that is useful for everyone.
    Thank you again!

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    Yeah, this solution removed all sorts of HTML, paragraph, line breaks, in-line styles etc etc

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    reena upadhyay
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    This does not works for IE. Please provide solution to strip tag in javascript that works for all browsers

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    Shilpa Agrawal
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    Thanks for this script
    It work greate

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    i am trying it on

    var message;

        firstName = document.getElementById("username").value;
        if (firstName == null || firstName == "" || firstName == NaN || firstName == "First Name") {
            message = "Please Add some name.";
            document.body.insertAdjacentHTML("BeforeEnd", "" + message + "");
        else {
            if (document.getElementById("myMessage")) {
                arguments = document.getElementById("myMessage").value.replace(/(]+)>)/ig, "");

    but it is not working and saying

    cannot call method ‘replace’ of undefined

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    Ryan Mc Closkey

    Was wondering how this would be implemented if I only wanted to remove the href tags from a string of text, instead of removing all the tags? I’m trying to retrieve a page of text from a website but I only want the plain text with the formatting tags (p, ul, li).
    Hope this makes sense, thanks in advance.

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    This was excellent! Thanks!

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    Great! Thanks!

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    Hemant Vaniya
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    Its working fine.

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    Emmanuel Sayson
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    Cool! This is perfectly working…

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    What about < b r / > or < h r / > (the self closing tags) ?

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    Nagarjuna Gottimukkala
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    Cool……Nice Example.

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    Looks like “newInput” doesn’t do anything at all? So it’s either extraneous or there’s a problem with the code.

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    Hardik Sondagar

    I have developed same thing using javascript Regular Expression.
    It’ll strip all the html tags excluding tag provided in exclude list by user.
    source code is also available on github
    check here. HTML Tag Stripper

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    Nice, but it’s not that safe… I’d rather use jQuery:

    $("<div/>").text('<img alt="a>b" src="a_b.gif" />').text();

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    <a onclick=”return a > b”> ~ fail

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    But this code is not working well with HTML table content.

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    How can strip all tags except anchor and img tags?

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    You can easily leave out the case sensitivity /i and the grouping ():

    var noHtml = hasHtml.replace(/<[^>]+>/ig, '')
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    using jQuery

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    it is what i want. tanx…

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    Muhammad Navaid
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    not working with AngularJS.

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    Mohammad Mustafa Ahmedzai
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    Probably the simplest probably I found online. Thanks a bunch for it. Worked just fine!

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    Hamada Abdelaziz
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    this is the best solution i have find
    this is equivalent to PHP strip_tags function

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    string.replace(/\n/g, "");
    string.replace(/[\t ]+\</g, "<");
    string.replace(/\>[\t ]+\</g, "><");
    string.replace(/\>[\t ]+$/g, ">");
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    Doesn’t anyone see how this solution greatly affects this text:

    Rounded amounts < 3 are way easier for people to use in calculations, since they are so tiny than numbers that are >=3

    Becomes: Rounded amounts =3

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    Safe way to use the DOM to strip html.

    function striptags(content) {
      var frag = document.createDocumentFragment();
      var innerEl = document.createElement('div');
      innerEl.innerHTML = content;
      return frag.firstChild.innerText;
    striptags('<script>alert("xss attack!")</script>');
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    I chucked together a function that allows some tags to be kept, similar to how the php function works.

    As with PHP it comes with the following two caveats:

    Because strip_tags() does not actually validate the HTML, partial or broken tags can result in the removal of more text/data than expected.


    This function does not modify any attributes on the tags that you allow using allowable_tags, including the style and onmouseover attributes that a mischievous user may abuse when posting text that will be shown to other users.

     * Native javascript function to emulate the PHP function strip_tags.
     * @param {string} str The original HTML string to filter.
     * @param {array|string} allowable_tags A tag name or array of tag
     * names to keep. Intergers, objects, and strings that don't follow the
     * standard tag format of a letter followed by numbers and letters will
     * be ignored. This means that invalid tags will also be removed.
     * @return {string} The filtered HTML string.
    function strip_tags(str, allowable_tags) {
        allowable_tags = [].concat(allowable_tags);
        var keep = '';
        allowable_tags.forEach(function(tag) {
            if (('' + tag).match(/^[a-z][a-z0-9]+$/i))
                keep += (keep.length ? '|' : '') + tag;
        } );
        return str.replace(new RegExp(']+>', 'ig'), '');

    Additional checks have been implemented to prevent invalid tags from being removed where possible, by ensuring that the opening of each tag starts with a potential tag name; it does not account for greater than symbols within attributes. Comments will be retained but can be removed with a similar regex.

    var no_comments = strip_tags('This is not a comment. ').replace(//, '');
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    Hi guys! I am currently facing a javascript problem with the regex / replace function you mention here.
    I would like to bring a text around some of its HTML tags.

    For this I use the function:

    var regex = / (<([^>] +)>) / ig;
    bodyValue = bodyValue.replace (regex, "");

    Here all tags are deleted.

    But I want to keep the and tags and found these two separate functions that worked for me:

                                   var regex = / <(?! \ s * \ /? \ s * p \ b) [^>] *> / gi; // deletes all HTML except
                                   var regex = / <(?! br \ s * \ /?) [^>] +> / gi; // deletes all HTML except for 

    Do you know how to combine the two conditions in one?

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    This not only removes the offending characters, but also the rest of the text.

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