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Because you want the $ of jQuery without the jQuery.

You may be interested in bling.js if you get tired of the [] document.querySelectorAll('.foo'), function(){ … rodeo. It does this:

// forEach over the qSA result, directly.
document.querySelectorAll('input').forEach(el => /* ... */);

// on() rather than addEventListener()
document.body.on('dblclick', evt => /* ... */);

// classic $ + on()
$('p').on('click', el => /* ... */);

It doesn't do anything else. This is not a jQuery equivalent.


  • on() works on elements, document, window, and results from querySelector & querySelectorAll.
  • $ is qSA so if you're grabbing a single element you'll have to [0] it.
  • Bling plays well with authoring ES6
  • Resig explored this stuff a while ago:
  • Bling doesn't work on Android 2.3 or iOS 5.0. Works everywhere else including IE8 (assuming Function.bind)

Nerdy implementation notes:

  • The NodeList prototype usually inherits from Object, so we move it to Array.
  • I'm curious how ES6/7 would let a NodeList be iterable and inherit from EventTarget
  • Setting Node.prototype.on = EventTarget.prototype.addEventListener is awesome. It works in Chrome/FF but not yet in IE/Safari.
  • I haven't set up any off() or trigger() to map to dispatchEvent & removeEventListener. I'm OK with that.
  • I'm using semi-standard for style. I tried standard sans-semicolons, but can't get used to it.
/* bling.js */
window.$ = document.querySelectorAll.bind(document);
Node.prototype.on = window.on = function (name, fn) {
this.addEventListener(name, fn);
NodeList.prototype.__proto__ = Array.prototype;
NodeList.prototype.on = NodeList.prototype.addEventListener = function (name, fn) {
this.forEach(function (elem, i) {
elem.on(name, fn);
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gregpalaci commented Jun 16, 2015

Would be cool to take all the above suggestions, and add animations obviously.. oh wait that would be jQuery 2.x 😀

Nice sugar micro-library as is!

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Dudemullet commented Jun 16, 2015

In case someone is interested, here's how to add very simple even delegation a-la jQuery. IE9+

Node.prototype.on = window.on = function (name, delegate, fn) {
  if(arguments.length !== 3) {
    return this.addEventListener(name, arguments[1]);

  return this.addEventListener(name, function (e) {
      return fn.apply(, arguments);

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junosuarez commented Jun 16, 2015

@paulirish standard is neat, semi-standard is neat, but then there's also javascript whatever

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JSila commented Jun 16, 2015

I implemented this behaviour just recently but not quite as elegant as this.
One note: IE8 lacks support for Array.prototype.forEach.

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bjankord commented Jun 17, 2015

Love this implementation, you should turn it into a full fledged repo, you've got the code/readme/tests 😄

Was getting an "Object doesn't support property or method 'forEach'" in IE10/IE9 so I updated this lineNodeList.prototype.__proto__ = Array.prototype to NodeList.prototype.forEach = Array.prototype.forEach;

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jasonsperske commented Jun 17, 2015

Combine this with promise.js and get "Promise Bling"?

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pankajbisht commented Jun 18, 2015

Paul you are right. If I worked on nodes, lot of time, I have faced this kind of problem. This is the nice solution for [] But querySelector/querySelectorAll have some browser issue so for this have you any solution?

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ebsen commented Jun 22, 2015

Line 9 is my favorite.

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blaja commented Jun 24, 2015

I want moar! 😃 Great stuff.

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ghost commented Jun 26, 2015

can be reffered to by its short url:

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spiralx commented Jul 7, 2015

Line 9 should be replaced with the following:

Object.setPrototypeOf(NodeList.prototype, Array.prototype)

which is part of ES6 and currently supported in IE 11, FF and Chrome - for older browsers, this is a quick polyfill:

if (!Object.setPrototypeOf) {
  Object.setPrototypeOf = function(obj, proto) {
    obj.__proto__ = proto;
    return obj; 

Also +1 for Node.prototype.on and NodeList.prototype.on returning this, my versions are:

  Node.prototype.on = window.on = function(names, fn) {
    var self = this

    names.split(' ').forEach(function(name) {
      self.addEventListener(name, fn)

    return this

  NodeList.prototype.on = NodeList.prototype.addEventListener = function(names, fn) {
    this.forEach(function(elem) {
      elem.on(names, fn)

    return this

which also allow binding multiple events like jQuery e.g. node.on('change blur', function(ev) { ... } :)

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dciccale commented Jul 20, 2015

have you tried ki.js? :D

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hjpbarcelos commented Aug 19, 2015

Doing this is somewhat a bad practice:

NodeList.prototype.__proto__ = Array.prototype;

NodeList.prototype.on = NodeList.prototype.addEventListener = function (name, fn) {
  this.forEach(function (elem, i) {
    elem.on(name, fn);

Don't mess with the native prototypes!

Why don't you try it this way?

window.$ = document.querySelectorAll.bind(document);

Node.prototype.on = window.on = Node.prototype.addEventListener;

NodeList.prototype.on = NodeList.prototype.addEventListener = function (name, fn) { {
         elem.addEventListener(name, fn, false);

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MadLittleMods commented Aug 20, 2015

What about changing the prototype of HTMLCollection as well so they are easier to iterate over? You can find HTMLCollection's in properties like ParentNode.children

Not sure of the side effects, yet.

HTMLCollection.prototype.__proto__ = Array.prototype;

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stevermeister commented Oct 12, 2015

put code in github repo -
to make it open & conveninent for contribution

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gugadev commented Oct 10, 2016

Better $ to querySelector and $$ to querySelectorAll instead of $('.something')[0].on(...).

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crisdosyago commented Nov 17, 2016

Inspired by this to make a version here

What's new?

  • on applies to EventTargets and Arrays containing them, so you can do this:
$('*').slice(3).on('click', reveal );
$`div`.on( 'touchstart', dragOn ).on( 'touchend', dragOff );
  • NodeList and HTMLCollection both now delegate to Array
  • the on functions return this to allow chaining
  • and made it more ES5/6/7-y including Object.setPrototypeOf

These included ideas from @MadLittleMods and @spiralx and @joa

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skylarmb commented Mar 1, 2017

@bjankord awesome. thanks for the tip. Sadly some of us do have to support IE9... 🎉

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GaurangTandon commented Mar 17, 2017

This does NOT work for DOM elements inside iframes. Here's the related SO question with a related code sample - based on the same principles as above code - with a reproducible example -
Any ideas anyone?

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Ollie-w commented Jun 5, 2017

Is this safe to use in production?

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paulirish commented Dec 2, 2017

@Ollie-w yeah totally.

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argyleink commented Apr 1, 2018

I think I have an interesting fork:

  • only mutates the nodes queried with the exported function
  • offers 'off'
  • offers nice attribute CRUD operations

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paulirish commented Apr 23, 2020

@AdaRoseCannon has a nice extension of this idea which maps ALL things in the Element prototype onto the NodeList prototype

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nuxodin commented Nov 16, 2020

A (proxied) Nodelist with all Apis of Elements (also future).

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