[javascript] How do I check if an element is hidden in jQuery?

14 Answers

You can use the hidden selector:

// Matches all elements that are hidden

And the visible selector:

// Matches all elements that are visible

It is possible to toggle the visibility of an element, using the functions .hide(), .show() or .toggle().

How would you test if an element is visible or hidden?

One can simply use the hidden or visible attribute, like:


Or you can simplify the same with is as follows.


if($('#postcode_div').is(':visible')) {
    if($('#postcode_text').val()=='') {
    } else {

Use class toggling, not style editing . . .

Using classes designated for "hiding" elements is easy and also one of the most efficient methods. Toggling a class 'hidden' with a Display style of 'none' will perform faster than editing that style directly. I explained some of this pretty thoroughly in question Turning two elements visible/hidden in the same div.

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Maybe you can do something like this

$(document).ready(function() {
   var visible = $('#tElement').is(':visible');

   if(visible) {
                    // Code
<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.10.2.js"></script>

<input type="text" id="tElement" style="display:block;">Firstname</input>

A function can be created in order to check for visibility/display attributes in order to gauge whether the element is shown in the UI or not.

function checkUIElementVisible(element) {
    return ((element.css('display') !== 'none') && (element.css('visibility') !== 'hidden'));

Working Fiddle

To check if it is not visible I use !:

if ( !$('#book').is(':visible')) {
    alert('#book is not visible')

Or the following is also the sam, saving the jQuery selector in a variable to have better performance when you need it multiple times:

var $book = $('#book')

if(!$book.is(':visible')) {
    alert('#book is not visible')

Often when checking if something is visible or not, you are going to go right ahead immediately and do something else with it. jQuery chaining makes this easy.

So if you have a selector and you want to perform some action on it only if is visible or hidden, you can use filter(":visible") or filter(":hidden") followed by chaining it with the action you want to take.

So instead of an if statement, like this:

if ($('#btnUpdate').is(":visible"))
     $('#btnUpdate').animate({ width: "toggle" });   // Hide button

Or more efficient, but even uglier:

var button = $('#btnUpdate');
if (button.is(":visible"))
     button.animate({ width: "toggle" });   // Hide button

You can do it all in one line:

$('#btnUpdate').filter(":visible").animate({ width: "toggle" });

Also here's a ternary conditional expression to check the state of the element and then to toggle it:

$('someElement').on('click', function(){ $('elementToToggle').is(':visible') ? $('elementToToggle').hide('slow') : $('elementToToggle').show('slow'); });

After all, none of examples suits me, so I wrote my own.

Tests (no support of Internet Explorer filter:alpha):

a) Check if the document is not hidden

b) Check if an element has zero width / height / opacity or display:none / visibility:hidden in inline styles

c) Check if the center (also because it is faster than testing every pixel / corner) of element is not hidden by other element (and all ancestors, example: overflow:hidden / scroll / one element over enother) or screen edges

d) Check if an element has zero width / height / opacity or display:none / visibility:hidden in computed styles (among all ancestors)

Tested on

Android 4.4 (Native browser/Chrome/Firefox), Firefox (Windows/Mac), Chrome (Windows/Mac), Opera (Windows Presto/Mac Webkit), Internet Explorer (Internet Explorer 5-11 document modes + Internet Explorer 8 on a virtual machine), Safari (Windows/Mac/iOS)

var is_visible = (function () {
    var x = window.pageXOffset ? window.pageXOffset + window.innerWidth - 1 : 0,
        y = window.pageYOffset ? window.pageYOffset + window.innerHeight - 1 : 0,
        relative = !!((!x && !y) || !document.elementFromPoint(x, y));
        function inside(child, parent) {
                if (child === parent) return true;
                child = child.parentNode;
        return false;
    return function (elem) {
        if (
            document.hidden ||
            elem.offsetWidth==0 ||
            elem.offsetHeight==0 ||
            elem.style.visibility=='hidden' ||
            elem.style.display=='none' ||
        ) return false;
        var rect = elem.getBoundingClientRect();
        if (relative) {
            if (!inside(document.elementFromPoint(rect.left + elem.offsetWidth/2, rect.top + elem.offsetHeight/2),elem)) return false;
        } else if (
            !inside(document.elementFromPoint(rect.left + elem.offsetWidth/2 + window.pageXOffset, rect.top + elem.offsetHeight/2 + window.pageYOffset), elem) ||
                rect.top + elem.offsetHeight/2 < 0 ||
                rect.left + elem.offsetWidth/2 < 0 ||
                rect.bottom - elem.offsetHeight/2 > (window.innerHeight || document.documentElement.clientHeight) ||
                rect.right - elem.offsetWidth/2 > (window.innerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)
        ) return false;
        if (window.getComputedStyle || elem.currentStyle) {
            var el = elem,
                comp = null;
            while (el) {
                if (el === document) {break;} else if(!el.parentNode) return false;
                comp = window.getComputedStyle ? window.getComputedStyle(el, null) : el.currentStyle;
                if (comp && (comp.visibility=='hidden' || comp.display == 'none' || (typeof comp.opacity !=='undefined' && comp.opacity != 1))) return false;
                el = el.parentNode;
        return true;

How to use:

is_visible(elem) // boolean

None of these answers address what I understand to be the question, which is what I was searching for, "How do I handle items that have visibility: hidden?". Neither :visible nor :hidden will handle this, as they are both looking for display per the documentation. As far as I could determine, there is no selector to handle CSS visibility. Here is how I resolved it (standard jQuery selectors, there may be a more condensed syntax):

$(".item").each(function() {
    if ($(this).css("visibility") == "hidden") {
        // handle non visible state
    } else {
        // handle visible state

When testing an element against :hidden selector in jQuery it should be considered that an absolute positioned element may be recognized as hidden although their child elements are visible.

This seems somewhat counter-intuitive in the first place – though having a closer look at the jQuery documentation gives the relevant information:

Elements can be considered hidden for several reasons: [...] Their width and height are explicitly set to 0. [...]

So this actually makes sense in regards to the box-model and the computed style for the element. Even if width and height are not set explicitly to 0 they may be set implicitly.

Have a look at the following example:

console.log($('.foo').is(':hidden')); // true
console.log($('.bar').is(':hidden')); // false
.foo {
  position: absolute;
  left: 10px;
  top: 10px;
  background: #ff0000;

.bar {
  position: absolute;
  left: 10px;
  top: 10px;
  width: 20px;
  height: 20px;
  background: #0000ff;
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<div class="foo">
  <div class="bar"></div>


With jQuery 3 the described behavior will change! Elements will be considered visible if they have any layout boxes, including those of zero width and/or height.

JSFiddle with jQuery 3.0.0-alpha1:


The same JS will then have this output:

console.log($('.foo').is(':hidden')); // false
console.log($('.bar').is(':hidden')); // false

ebdiv should be set to style="display:none;". It is works for show and hide:


I would use CSS class .hide { display: none!important; }.

For hiding/showing, I call .addClass("hide")/.removeClass("hide"). For checking visibility, I use .hasClass("hide").

It's a simple and clear way to check/hide/show elements, if you don't plan to use .toggle() or .animate() methods.

This works for me, and I am using show() and hide() to make my div hidden/visible:

if( $(this).css('display') == 'none' ){
    /* your code goes here */
} else {
    /* alternate logic   */