How to Strip HTML Tags from String in Javascript

In this tutorial, you will learn how to strip html tags from string in javascript. I’m going to assume before I start this tutorial that you want the pure text back and don’t want any HTML elements.

The removal of HTML tags from a string may be difficult since it may contain numerous nested HTML tags. As a result, there is no standard method for getting rid of HTML tags from text. For a newbie developer, it can be a bit tricky to strip HTML tags from string.

There are numerous online solutions for this issue. Regular expressions are used by the majority of them, and if you carefully review those solutions, you’ll see that the format of the regular expression is not consistent. It is therefore not the best course of action.

I believe the best approach in this scenario would be to use DOMParser() constructor because it can easily parse HTML or XML from a string.  It returns a DOMParser object and this object contains the parseFromString() method.  This method takes 2 parameters, a string and MIME type.

In this case, the HTML string will form an HTML document, and since it is an HTML document, we can easily change or parse its content using DOM properties and methods.

In the following example, we have one global HTML string.  I simply want to remove all HTML tags in it, grab text content and display the text content in the paragraph element.  Please have a look over the code example and the steps given below.


  • We have 3 elements in the HTML file (div, p, and h1). The div element is just a wrapper for the rest of the elements.
  • The inner text for the button element is “Remove Tags”.
  • Both the paragraph elements are empty because we will populate them by javascript. We have given them unique ids p1 and p2.
  • We have done some basic styling using CSS and added the link to our style.css stylesheet inside the head element.
  • We have also included our javascript file script.js with a script tag at the bottom.
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="ie=edge">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css">
        <button>Remove Tags</button>
        <p id="p1"></p>
        <p id="p2"></p>
    <script src="script.js"></script>
div {
  text-align: center;

button {
  padding: 10px 20px;

p {
  margin-top: 20px;


  • We have selected the button element using the document.querySelector() method and stored it in btnRemove variable.
  • In the same way, we have selected both paragraph elements by their ids and stored them in p1 and p2 variables.
  • We have one global variable htmlString which contains our HTML string.
  • We have attached the DOMContentLoaded event listener to the window and we are setting the innerHTML property of the first paragraph equal to our htmlString so that we can see how our HTML string looks with HTML tags when browser parses it.
  • We have attached the click event listener to the button element.
  • In the event handler function, we are using a DOMParser constructor. We are storing the DOMParser object in the parser variable.
  • Like I said above, it contains a method parseFromString(). We are passing it 2 parameters, htmlString, and MIME type which in our case is text/html.  We are storing the document returned by this function in the doc variable.
  • It is time to extract text content from the document’s body and display it in the second paragraph. We are using the logical OR (||) operator to make sure the textContent property of the body element is not empty.  If it is empty, we want to display “No Content”.
let btnRemove = document.querySelector('button');
let p1 = document.querySelector('#p1');
let p2 = document.querySelector('#p2');

let htmlString = `<p>Please strip any <u>HTML</u> Tags <strong>from</strong> this <em>text</em> immediately.`;

window.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', () => {
   p1.innerHTML = htmlString;

btnRemove.addEventListener('click', () => {
   let parser = new DOMParser();
   let doc = parser.parseFromString(htmlString, "text/html");
   p2.textContent = doc.body.textContent || "No Content";