Set the "disabled" Attribute using JavaScript

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Borislav Hadzhiev

Thu Dec 30 20212 min read

Set the disabled Attribute using JavaScript #

To set the disabled attribute, select the element and call the setAttribute() method on it, passing it disabled as the first parameter, e.g. button.setAttribute('disabled', ''). The setAttribute method will add the disabled attribute to the element.

Here is the HTML for the examples in this article.

index.html
<!DOCTYPE html> <html lang="en"> <head> <meta charset="UTF-8" /> </head> <body> <button id="btn">Button</button> <script src="index.js"></script> </body> </html>

And here is the related JavaScript code.

index.js
const button = document.getElementById('btn'); // โœ… Set the disabled attribute button.setAttribute('disabled', ''); // โœ… Remove the disabled attribute // button.removeAttribute('disabled');

We selected the button using the getElementById() method.

We then used the setAttribute method to add the disabled attribute to the button.

The method takes the following 2 parameters:

  1. name - the name of the attribute to be set.
  2. value- the value to assign to the attribute.
If the attribute already exists on the element, the value is updated, otherwise a new attribute is added with the specified name and value.

When setting the value of a boolean attribute, such as disabled, we can specify any value for the attribute and it will work.

If the attribute is present at all, regardless of the value, its value is considered to be true.

If a boolean attribute is not present, the value of the attribute is considered to be false.

If you need to remove an attribute, you can use the removeAttribute method.

index.js
const button = document.getElementById('btn'); // โœ… Set the disabled attribute button.setAttribute('disabled', ''); // โœ… Remove the disabled attribute button.removeAttribute('disabled');

When setting the disabled attribute, we pass an empty string as the value for the attribute, because it's a best practice to set boolean attributes without a value.

The disabled attribute can be set to any value and as long as it is present on the element, it does the job.

Note that you can only call the setAttribute method on DOM elements. If you need to set the disabled attribute on a collection of elements, you have to iterate over the collection and call the method on each individual element.

Here is the HTML for the next example.

index.html
<!DOCTYPE html> <html lang="en"> <head> <meta charset="UTF-8" /> </head> <body> <button class="btn">Button</button> <button class="btn">Button</button> <button class="btn">Button</button> <script src="index.js"></script> </body> </html>

And here is the related JavaScript code.

index.js
const buttons = document.querySelectorAll('.btn'); for (const button of buttons) { // โœ… Set the disabled attribute button.setAttribute('disabled', ''); // โœ… Remove the disabled attribute // button.removeAttribute('disabled'); }

We used the document.querySelectorAll method to select all elements with a class of btn.

We used the for...of loop to iterate over the collection and set the disabled attribute on each element.

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