How to get the tag name of an element using JavaScript?

Published October 10, 2020

To get the tag name of a DOM element in JavaScript, you can use the


property in the element in JavaScript.

Consider this article tag with some content inside it,

<article id="myArticleSection">
  Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vestibulum vitae
  mauris et arcu lobortis semper eget convallis enim. Sed at lorem in dolor
  ultrices feugiat. Donec elementum at erat vitae pellentesque. Quisque laoreet
  purus vitae felis porta, quis gravida odio condimentum. Donec faucibus
  porttitor dui, nec efficitur nisi luctus eget.

Now to get the element name, let's use the tagName property like this,

// get reference to the article tag
const element = document.querySelector("myArticleSection");

// get the name of the tag
// using the tagName property
const elementName = element.tagName;

console.log(elementName); // ARTICLE
  • The property returns the name of the tag as a string and also in CAPITALISED letters. eg: If it is an img tag then the property will return IMG.

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