:contains() Selector

Select all elements that contain the specified text.


text StringA string of text to look for. It's case sensitive.

The matching text can appear directly within the selected element, in any of that element's descendants, or a combination thereof. As with attribute value selectors, text inside the parentheses of :contains() can be written as a bare word or surrounded by quotation marks. The text must have matching case to be selected.

Finds all divs containing "John" and underlines them.

<div>John Resig</div>
<div>George Martin</div>
<div>Malcom John Sinclair</div>
<div>J. Ohn</div>
$("div:contains('John')").css("text-decoration", "underline");

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