r1k r1k - 19 days ago 4x
CSS Question

how to apply the background from one div to another, in javascript

I'm new to Javascript, but basically what I want to do is get the background from one div's CSS style, and apply it to another div. This is what I have tried but it doesn't work.

NewDiv.style.background = OldDiv.style.background;

I know that I can do:

NewDiv.style.innerHTML = OldDiv.style.inHTML;

But I can't seem to do something similar with the CSS background instead of the html. I'm trying to do it with only javascript and no Jquery


This should do the trick:

var element1 = document.getElementById("element1Id");
var element2 = document.getElementById("element2Id");
element2.style.background = document.defaultView.getComputedStyle(element1).background;

If you only want a certain portion of the background styling, instead of all at once, you can use any of the options below instead of "background."

  • background-color
  • background-image
  • background-repeat
  • background-attachment
  • background-position

more information about background styling can be found here

If you are curious why I used "document.defaultView.getComputedStyle" instead of "window.getComputedStyle" feel free to check out this StackOverflow Q/A that answers that question.

TL:DR; "document.defaultView.getComputedStyle" will work in all browsers