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How to remove parent element except its child element using jQuery ?

  • Last Updated : 27 Oct, 2020

Given an HTML document and the task is to remove the parent element except for its child element.

Approach 1:

  • Use contents() method to select all the direct children, including text and comment nodes for the selected element.
  • Selected elements are stored in a variable.
  • Now, use replaceWith() method to replace the content of parent element by its all child element which is stored into a variable.

Example: This example uses contents() and replaceWith() method to remove the parent element except for its child element.




<!DOCTYPE HTML> 
<html
  
<head
    <title
        Remove the parent element not
        its child using jQuery
    </title>
      
    <script src
    </script>
</head>
  
<body style = "text-align:center;"
    <h1 style = "color:green;" id = "h1"
        GeeksForGeeks 
    </h1>
      
    <div id = "parent" style = "border: 1px solid black;">
          
        <p id = "GFG_UP" style
            "font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold;">
        </p>
          
        <button onclick = "GFG_Fun()">
            click here
        </button>
          
        <p id = "GFG_DOWN" style =
            "color:green; font-size: 20px; font-weight: bold;">
        </p>
          
    </div>
      
    <script
        var up = document.getElementById('GFG_UP');
        up.innerHTML = "This content is inside a big DIV.";
        var down = document.getElementById('GFG_DOWN');
          
        down.innerHTML = "Click on the button to remove "
                        + "just this parent DIV";
          
        var heading = document.getElementById('h1');
          
        function GFG_Fun() {
            var content = $("#parent").contents();
            $("#parent").replaceWith(content);
        }
    </script
</body
  
</html>

Output:

  • Before clicking on the button: 
     

  • After clicking on the button:

Approach 2: This approach uses unwrap() method to remove the parent element from the selected element.
Example:




<!DOCTYPE HTML>
<html>
  
<head>
    <title>
        Remove the parent element not
        its child using jQuery
    </title>
  
    <script src =
    </script>
</head>
  
<body style = "text-align:center;">
  
    <h1 style = "color:green;" id = "h1">
        GeeksForGeeks
    </h1>
  
    <div id = "parent" style = "border: 1px solid black;">
  
        <p id = "GFG_UP" style =
            "font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold;">
            This content is inside a big DIV.
        </p>
  
        <button onclick = "GFG_Fun()">
            click here
        </button>
  
        <p id = "GFG_DOWN" style =
            "color:green; font-size: 20px; font-weight: bold;">
            Click on the button to remove just this parent DIV
        </p>
    </div>
  
    <script>
        function GFG_Fun() {
            $("#parent").contents().unwrap();
        }
    </script>
</body>
  
</html>

Output:

  • Before clicking on the button: 
     

  • After clicking on the button:

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