Replace Child Element with JavaScript replaceChild



In this article, I will introduce how to replace child element with JavaScript replaceChild.

What is replaceChild()?

You can replace the child node of the specified node with a new node.

The syntax is as follows.

var el = document.getElementById("element");
replacedNode = el.replaceChild(newNode, oldNode);

The above is the processing content to replace the oldNode that el has with the newNode.
As a result of execution, the replaced node can be obtained as a return value.

Replace the child node of the specified element with replaceChild()

Create a sample that replaces h1 in the HTML below with h2.


<div id="element">
  <h1>Lorem ipsum</h1>
  <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.</p>


//Get the element that has the node to replace
var el = document.getElementById("element");

//Get the existing node to replace
var oldNode = el.getElementsByTagName("h1")[0];

//Create a new node to replace
var newNode = document.createElement("h2");

//Generate text to have in the generated new node
var newNodeContent = document.createTextNode("New Lorem ipsum");

//Add text node to new node

//Perform a replacement
el.replaceChild(newNode, oldNode);