Javascript – Get class list for element with jQuery

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Is there a way in jQuery to loop through or assign to an array all of the classes that are assigned to an element?

ex.

<div class="Lorem ipsum dolor_spec sit amet">Hello World!</div>

I will be looking for a "special" class as in "dolor_spec" above. I know that I could use hasClass() but the actual class name may not necessarily be known at the time.

Best Solution

You can use document.getElementById('divId').className.split(/\s+/); to get you an array of class names.

Then you can iterate and find the one you want.

var classList = document.getElementById('divId').className.split(/\s+/);
for (var i = 0; i < classList.length; i++) {
    if (classList[i] === 'someClass') {
        //do something
    }
}

jQuery does not really help you here...

var classList = $('#divId').attr('class').split(/\s+/);
$.each(classList, function(index, item) {
    if (item === 'someClass') {
        //do something
    }
});