The Node.baseURI read-only property returns the absolute base URL of a node.

The base URL is used to resolve relative URLs when the browser needs to obtain an absolute URL, for example when processing the HTML <img> element's src attribute or XML xlink:href attribute.

In the common case the base URL is simply the location of the document, but it can be affected by many factors, including the <base> element in HTML and xml:base attribute in XML.


var baseURI = node.baseURI;
  • baseURI is a DOMString representing the base URL of the specified Node. May be null if unable to obtain an absolute URI
  • node.baseURI is read-only.
  • node.baseURI may change with time (see below).


The base URL of a document

The base URL of a document defaults to the document's address (as displayed by the browser and available in window.location), but can change from the default:

  • When an HTML <base> tag is found in the document;
  • When this is a new document created dynamically.

See the Base URLs section of the HTML Living standard for details.

You can use document.baseURI to obtain the base URL of a document. Note that obtaining the base URL for a document may return different URLs over time if the <base> tags or the document's location change.

The base URL of an element

The base URL of an element in HTML normally equals the base URL of the document the node is in.

If the document contains xml:base attributes (which you shouldn't do in HTML documents), the element.baseURI takes the xml:base attributes of element's parents into account when computing the base URL. See xml:base for details.

You can use element.baseURI to obtain the base URL of an element.


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