jQuery append vs html vs innerHTML list performance

JavaScript performance comparison

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Just a simple example showing the speed difference between populating a list with .append() & .html() and innerHTML

Preparation code

<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1/jquery.min.js">
<div id="list">
Benchmark.prototype.setup = function() {
    var len = 20;

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Test Ops/sec
jquery .append()
//var html = null;
for (var i = 0; i < len; i++) {
  $('#list').append( '<div>Test ' + i + '</div>');
jQuery .html()
//var html = '';
for (var i = 0; i < len; i++) {
 $('#list').html( '<div>Test ' + i + '</div>');
javascript innerHTML
//var list = document.getElementById('list');
//var s = null;
for (var i = 0; i < len; i++) {
 document.getElementById('list').innerHTML = '<div>Test ' + i + '</div>';

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1 comment

Ivan commented :

This is nonsense; you test the performance of nothing this way because you added the selectors inside the test loop. You need to cache the DOM elements and only test innerHTML, append etc. otherwise the results are of no real use as they include the finding of the elements too. Understand the DOM API and only start doing tests after you understand it. ;)

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