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XML DOM | Element Object getAttributeNode Method

XML DOM - Element Object getAttributeNode Method

Hello folks! welcome back to a new edition of our tutorial on XML DOM. In this tutorial, we will be discussing about the XML DOM Element Object getAttributeNode Method.

The XML DOM getAttributeNode method is used to give the name of the attribute node from the current element.


The following below is the syntax to use the XML DOM getAttributeNode method -


Parameter Details

S.No.Parameter & Description


It holds the name of the attribute to retrieve.

Return Value

This XML DOM method returns the value of the attribute node as a string if it is present, else it is specified as null.


Following are the node.xml contents -

<?xml version = "1.0"?>
   <Employee category = "Technical">
   <Employee category = "Non-Technical">
   <Employee category = "Management">

The example below illustrates the usage of Element Object getAttributeNode method -

<!DOCTYPE html>
         function loadXMLDoc(filename) {
            if (window.XMLHttpRequest) {
               xhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
            } else // code for IE5 and IE6 {
               xhttp = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
            return xhttp.responseXML;
         xmlDoc = loadXMLDoc("/dom/node.xml");

         x = xmlDoc.getElementsByTagName('Employee');
         document.write("Display all the attribute nodes ");
         for(i = 0;i < x.length;i++) {
            y = x.item(i).getAttributeNode("category");
            document.write(" = ");


Save this file as elementmethod_getattributenode.html on the server's path (this file and the node.xml should be on the same path in your server). This is going to give us the following output below -

Display all the attribute nodes
category = technical
category = non-technical
category = Management

Alright guys! This is where we are going to be rounding up for this tutorial post. In our next tutorial, we are going to be discussing about Element Object getAttributeNodeNS Method.

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