Fastest method of clearing all children from a DOM element

JavaScript performance comparison

Revision 95 of this test case created by Drew Noakes

Preparation code

<div id='box'></div>
      
<script>
Benchmark.prototype.setup = function() {
  var box = document.getElementById('box');
  box.innerHTML = 'sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>';
  
  function clearChildren(element)
  {
    if (element.children.length === 0)
      return;
  
    if (element.children[0].remove) {
      while (box.children.length)
        box.children[0].remove();
    } else {
      while (element.firstChild)
        element.removeChild(element.firstChild);
    }
  }

};
</script>

Preparation code output

<div id='box'></div>

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Test Ops/sec
removeChild(box.firstChild)
while (box.firstChild) {
  box.removeChild(box.firstChild);
}
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innerHTML = ''
box.innerHTML = '';
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removeChild(box.lastChild)
while (box.lastChild) {
  box.removeChild(box.lastChild);
}
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children[0].remove()
while (box.children.length) {
  box.children[0].remove();
}
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children[box.children.length - 1].remove()
while (box.children.length) {
  box.children[box.children.length - 1].remove();
}
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Function
clearChildren(box);
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