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HTMLCollection for Loop

  • Last Updated : 27 Sep, 2019

It is not recommended to use a for/in loop to loop through an HTMLCollection because this type of loop is used for iterating through properties of an object. The HTMLCollection contains other properties that may be returned along with the required elements.

There are 3 methods that can be used to properly loop through an HTMLCollection.

  • Method 1: Using the for/of loop: The for/of loop is used to loop over values of an iterable object. This includes arrays, strings, nodeLists, and HTMLCollections.

    The syntax of this loop is similar to the for/in loop. The object must be iterable to be used with this loop.

    Syntax:




    for (item of iterable) {
      // code to be executed
    }

    Example:






    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html>
      
    <head>
        <title>For loop for HTML 
          Collection elements</title>
    </head>
      
    <body>
        <h1 style="color: green">
          GeeksforGeeks
      </h1>
        <b>For loop for HTMLCollection elements</b>
        <p>This is paragraph 1.</p>
        <p>This is paragraph 2.</p>
        <script type="text/javascript">
            // get a HTMLCollection of elements in the page
            let collection = document.getElementsByTagName("p");
      
            // using for/of iteration
            for (item of collection) {
                console.log(item);
            }
        </script>
    </body>
      
    </html>

    Console Output:
    forOf-console

  • Method 2: Using the Array.from() method to convert the HTMLCollection to an Array
    The Array.from() method is used to create a new Array from an array-like or iterable object. The HTMLCollection is passed to this method to convert it into an Array.

    The forEach() method can now be used to iterate over the elements like an array and display them.

    Syntax:




    Array.from(collection).forEach(function (element) {
            console.log(element)
          });

    Example:




    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html>
      
    <head>
        <title>For loop for HTMLCollection elements</title>
    </head>
      
    <body>
        <h1 style="color: green">GeeksforGeeks</h1>
        <b>For loop for HTMLCollection elements</b>
        <p>This is paragraph 1.</p>
        <p>This is paragraph 2.</p>
        <script type="text/javascript">
            // get a HTMLCollection of elements in the page
            let collection = document.getElementsByTagName("p");
      
            // regular for loop
            for (let i = 0; i < collection.length; i++) {
                console.log(collection[i]);
            }
        </script>
    </body>
      
    </html>

    Output:
    forEach-console

  • Method 3: Using a normal for loop
    The elements can be iterated through by using a normal for loop. The number of elements in the HTMLCollection can be found out by using the length property of the collection. A for loop is then run to the number of elements.

    Each of the items can be accessed by using square brackets with their respective index.

    Syntax:




    for (let i = 0; i < collection.length; i++) {
            console.log(collection[i]);
          }

    Example:




    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html>
      
    <head>
        <title>For loop for HTMLCollection elements</title>
    </head>
      
    <body>
        <h1 style="color: green">GeeksforGeeks</h1>
        <b>For loop for HTMLCollection elements</b>
        <p>This is paragraph 1.</p>
        <p>This is paragraph 2.</p>
        <script type="text/javascript">
            // get a HTMLCollection of elements in the page
            let collection = document.getElementsByTagName("p");
      
            // convert to an array using Array.from()
            Array.from(collection).forEach(function(element) {
                console.log(element)
            });
        </script>
    </body>
      
    </html>

    Output:
    forloop-console




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