dominate.js is a Vanilla JS plugin which is designed to facilitate the creation of HTML elements in code without the need for either a templating language or verbose method calls.

The dominate homepage is located at

Browser support

dominate.js works in most modern browsers, including Chrome, Opera, FireFox, Safari, and IE10. Try the test suite below to see if it works in your browser.


See current test suite here:


Download the latest build here:

Or include it directly on your page:

<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>

Example Usage

dominate.js includes functions for building DOM nodes and trees. Each HTML tag name is implemented as a global function, so for example calling the div function creates and returns a <div> element (which we add to the page here):

    div('Hello World!')

Tag functions accept many different arguments: strings, DOM elements, and JavaScript objects.


Strings will be converted to TextNodes and added as children to the element. These strings do not need to be escaped, and there is no possibility of cross site scripting when adding content this way. For example:

    div('I am a <div>')

Works as expected, and does not interperate "<div>" as another div element.

DOM Elements

DOM Element arguments will simply be added as children to the created element. This allows you to nest DOM builder calls to create comples strictures and widgets in a single expression:

        h1('Hello World'),
        span('Lorem Ipsum..')

JavaScript Objects

JavaScript object arguments are used to set attributes on the element, like so:

        a({href: ""}, 'Click here!')

Many key names have special meanings, used to set other properties of the element:

An example button showing these properties:

    div('Button1', {
        cls: 'button',
        style: {border: '1px solid #000', backgroundColor: '#ccc', 'border-radius': '3px'},
        onclick: function(e) {
            alert(this + ' was clicked!');
        context: 'Button1'

Selectors & Wrappers

one(<selector>) selects a single element on the page (the first matching the selector) and returns the wrapped DOM element.

var my_div = one('#mydiv');

all(<selector>) returns a wrapped array of all matching DOM elements.

var all_divs = all('body > div');

Both types of wrapped objects include functions for working with the dom elements.

Adding Child Elements

All the of global tag functions are bound to the wrappers to create child elements and add them to the selected elements, for example:


Adds “Text” to the end of #mydiv.


Adds “Text” to the end of every div.

HTML Utilities



This library is built using GNU Make, Python, Google Closure Lint, and Java. The makefile assumes all programs are installed and accessible on your path.

Once built, the assembled library will be created in /dominate.js and /dominate.min.js


dominate.js is developed by:

And the homepage is located at


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program.  If not, see <>.