This feature is obsolete. Although it may still work in some browsers, its use is discouraged since it could be removed at any time. Try to avoid using it.

The HTMLShadowElement interface represents a <shadow> HTML Element, which is used in Shadow DOM.


This interface inherits the properties of HTMLElement.


This interface inherits the methods of HTMLElement.

Returns a static NodeList of the distributed nodes associated with this <shadow> element. 


This feature is no longer defined by any specifications.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 35 28 (28)[1] No support 26 No support
getDistributedNodes() 35 No support No support 26 No support
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 37 28.0 (28)[1] No support ? ?
getDistributedNodes() 37 No support No support ? ?

[1] If Shadow DOM is not enabled in Firefox, <shadow> elements will behave like HTMLUnknownElement. Shadow DOM was first implemented in Firefox 28 and is behind a preference, dom.webcomponents.enabled, which is disabled by default.

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