Attribute vs Class selection

JavaScript performance comparison

Revision 3 of this test case created by Miloš Rašić


Tests speed of selection for data attribute selection versus class-based selection.

Preparation code

<li id="1" data-cargroup="A" class="js-CarGroup-A">A</li>
<li id="2" data-cargroup="B" class="js-CarGroup-B">B</li>
<li id="3" data-cargroup="C" class="js-CarGroup-C">C</li>
<li id="4" data-cargroup="C" class="js-CarGroup-C">C</li>
<li id="5" data-cargroup="D" class="js-CarGroup-D">D</li>
<script src=""></script>

Preparation code output

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • C
  • D

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Test Ops/sec
Data-attribute selection
$('li[data-cargroup = "C"]');
Class-based selection

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Miloš Rašić (revision owner) commented :

I think the slight advantage in favour of selection by class comes from the fact that jQuery has to do more in order to parse the attribute selector which is far more complicated than the class selector. Both classes and attributes seem to be stored in the DOM as maps by js implementations.

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