Fastest method of clearing all children from a DOM element

JavaScript performance comparison

Revision 505 of this test case created by Maxim Kulikov

Preparation code

<div>
  <div id='boxes'></div>
</div>
      
<script>
Benchmark.prototype.setup = function() {
  var boxes = document.getElementById('boxes');
  var box;
  for (var i = 0; i < 100000; ++i) {
  box = document.createElement('div');
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  boxes.appendChild(box);
  }

};
</script>

Preparation code output

<div> <div id='boxes'></div> </div>

Test runner

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Testing in CCBot 2.0.0 / Other 0.0.0
Test Ops/sec
length
var box = boxes.firstChild;
//----
var n = box.childNodes.length;
while (n--) {
  box.removeChild(box.lastChild);
}
//----
boxes.removeChild(box);
pending…
slice 1
var box = boxes.firstChild;
//----
var child, children = Array.prototype.slice.call(box.childNodes);
while ((child = children.pop())) box.removeChild(child);
//----
boxes.removeChild(box);
pending…
Inner HTML
var box = boxes.firstChild;
//----
box.innerHTML = '';
//----
boxes.removeChild(box);
pending…
Clone Node
var box = boxes.firstChild;
//----
var cBox = box.cloneNode(false);
box.parentNode.replaceChild(cBox, box);
//----
boxes.removeChild(box);
pending…
removeChild(box.lastChild)
var box = boxes.firstChild;
//----
var child;
while ((child = box.lastChild)) {
  box.removeChild(child);
}
//----
boxes.removeChild(box);
pending…
range
var box = boxes.firstChild;
//----
var rangeObj = new Range();
rangeObj.selectNodeContents(box);
rangeObj.deleteContents();
//----
boxes.removeChild(box);
pending…
removeChild(box.firstChild)
var box = boxes.firstChild;
//----
var child;
while ((child = box.firstChild)) {
  box.removeChild(child);
}
//----
boxes.removeChild(box);
pending…
slice 2
var box = boxes.firstChild;
//----
var children = Array.prototype.slice.call(box.childNodes);
var n = children.length;
while (n--) box.removeChild(children[n]);
//----
boxes.removeChild(box);
pending…

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