innerHTML vs jQuery vs createElement() and appendChild()

JavaScript performance comparison

Revision 13 of this test case created by Ben Rolfe


Compares the performance of adding elements to the DOM by using strings and innerHTML, creating the DOMElement node tree and appending with appendChild(), and using jQuery to replace content with $elm.html().

Preparation code

<!-- Existing DOM elements into which the tests will append new content -->
<div id="parent-inject">Replace me via <code>elm.innerHTML()</code></div>
<div id="parent-create">Replace me via <code>elm.appendChild()</code></div>
<div id="parent-jquery">Replace me via <code>$elm.html()</code></div>

<script src="//"></script>
Benchmark.prototype.setup = function() {
    * Create a realistic, level playing field by storing references to container
    * elements beforehand, as you would likely do in a real webapp.

    // Existing DOM elements into which the tests will append new content
    var parentInject = document.getElementById('parent-inject');
    var parentCreate = document.getElementById('parent-create');
    var $parentJQuery = $('#parent-jquery');
    // This content string is assigned to a variable in each loop of each test.
    var contentString = '<div class="test"><h1>This is a test</h1><p>This is only a test</p></div>';

Preparation code output

Replace me via elm.innerHTML()

Replace me via elm.appendChild()

Replace me via $elm.html()

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// Inject the new content
parentInject.innerHTML = contentString;
createElement() and appendChild()
// Remove the old content
var childNodes = parentCreate.childNodes,
    i = 0, len = childNodes.length;
for (i; i < len; ++i) {

// Construct the new content
var div = document.createElement('div');
div.className = 'test';

var h1 = document.createElement('h1');
var text = document.createTextNode('This is a test');

var p = document.createElement('p');
var text2 = document.createTextNode('This is only a test');


// Insert the new content
// Initialize the new content string. Assigns the string to a local variable to be more realistic (e.g. you'd likely do the same with the response body of an AJAX call).
var content = contentString;

// Inject the new content

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