JavaScript – Get Width of an HTML Element in Pixels

To get the width of a specific HTML Element in pixels, using JavaScript, get reference to this HTML element, and read the clientWidth property of this HTML Element.

clientWidth property returns the width of the HTML Element, in pixels, computed by adding CSS width and CSS padding (top, bottom) of this HTML Element. Border, margin and scrollbar(if any) are not considered for clientWidth computation.

In the following example, we will get the width of the HTML Element, which is selected by id "myElement".

example.html

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <style>
        #myElement{
            border:1px solid green;
            display: inline-block;
        }
    </style>
</head>
<body>
    <h2>Get Width of HTML Element using JavaScript</h2>
    <div id="myElement">
        <p>Div Part 1.</p>
        <p>Div Part 2.</p>
    </div>
    <br><br>
    <button type="button" onclick="execute()">Click Me</button>
    <script>
    function execute(){
        var element = document.getElementById('myElement');
        var width = element.clientWidth;
        console.log("Width is " + width + "px");
    }
    </script>
</body>
</html>
Try Online

Try this html file online, and click on the Click Me button. Width of the HTML Element #myElement will be printed to console, as shown in the following screenshot.

JavaScript - Get Width of an HTML Element in Pixels

Let us now provide some padding to the HTML Element #myElement, and get the width using clientWidth property.

example.html

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <style>
        #myElement{
            border:1px solid green;
            display: inline-block;
            padding: 5px;
        }
    </style>
</head>
<body>
    <h2>Get Width of HTML Element using JavaScript</h2>
    <div id="myElement">
        <p>Div Part 1.</p>
        <p>Div Part 2.</p>
    </div>
    <br><br>
    <button type="button" onclick="execute()">Click Me</button>
    <script>
    function execute(){
        var element = document.getElementById('myElement');
        var width = element.clientWidth;
        console.log("Width is " + width + "px");
    }
    </script>
</body>
</html>
Try Online
JavaScript - Get Width of an HTML Element in Pixels

In the first example, without padding, the width of the HTML Element is 70px. Now with a padding of 5px, meaning padding on all sides is 5px, the new width of the HTML element is 70px + padding-left + padding-right. Since padding on left and right are 5px each, the resulting width is 70px + 5px + 5px = 80px.

Conclusion

In this JavaScript Tutorial, we learned how to get the width of an HTML Element in pixels, using JavaScript.