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parentElement property

Browser support:
Returns the parent element of the object in the DOM hierarchy.
Use the cross-browser parentNode property instead.


You can find the related objects in the Supported by objects section below.
This property is read-only.

Possible values:

Retrieves a reference to the parent object or null for the root element.
Default: this property has no default value.

Example HTML code 1:

This example illustrates the use of the parentElement property:
    <script type="text/javascript">
        function GetParent (elem) {
            var parentElem = elem.parentElement;
            if (!parentElem) {
                parentElem = elem.parentNode;
            alert ("The id of the parent element: " +;
    <div id="myDiv" style="background:green;">
        The contents of the division.
        <button onclick="GetParent (this)">Get parent element!</button>
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