How to Show/Hide or Toggle a DIV element using JavaScript

In jQuery, you can use the .toggle() method to toggle an element, any element. However, if you are looking for a pure JavaScript solution, then here it is. I am sharing a simple code here that shows how easily you can toggle or show/hide a DIV element using JavaScript.

Related: Toggle a DIV element based on dropdown selection using jQuery

A <div> element is often used as a container and it will have many other elements, like a form. You might want to show or hide the <div> element when certain conditions are fulfilled.

Here’s a common scenario. I wish to toggle a <div> element on button click.

The Markup and the Script
<html>
<head>
    <title>Toggle example using Pure JavaScript</title>
</head>
<body>
    <p>
    	<input type="button" value="Show DIV" id="bt" onclick="toggle(this)">
    </p>

    <!--The DIV element to toggle visibility. Its "display" property is set as "none". -->
    <div style="border:solid 1px #ddd; padding:10px; display:none;" id="cont">
        <div>
            <label>Name:</label>
            <div><input id="name" name="yourname" /></div>
        </div>
        <div>
            <label>Age:</label>
            <div><input name="age" id="yourage" /></div></div>
        <div>
            <label>Additional Information (optional):</label>
            <div><textarea style="width:100%;" rows="5" cols="46"></textarea></div>
        </div>
    </div>
</body>
<script>
    function toggle(ele) {
        var cont = document.getElementById('cont');
        if (cont.style.display == 'block') {
            cont.style.display = 'none';

            document.getElementById(ele.id).value = 'Show DIV';
        }
        else {
            cont.style.display = 'block';
            document.getElementById(ele.id).value = 'Hide DIV';
        }
    }
</script>
</html>
Try it


A simple if-else condition in your JS code will do the trick. In the above example, I am changing the element’s display property on button click.

You can further simplify the above code using a ternary operator. For example,

<script>
    function toggle(ele) {
        var cont = document.getElementById('cont');
        cont.style.display = cont.style.display == 'none' ? 'block' : 'none';
    }
</script>
Try it

I have shared a similar example in Angular too.

Not just on button click, you can change the visibility of an element based on other conditions, like toggling the <div> element when someone select or un-select a value in SELECT dropdown list, etc.

Thanks for reading.

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