:contains() Selector

contains selector

version added: 1.1.4jQuery(':contains(text)')

Description: Select all elements that contain the specified text.

The matching text can appear directly within the selected element, in any of that element's descendants, or a combination thereof. As with attribute value selectors, text inside the parentheses of :contains() can be written as bare words or surrounded by quotation marks. The text must have matching case to be selected.


Finds all divs containing "John" and underlines them.

<!DOCTYPE html>
  <script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-latest.js"></script>
<div>John Resig</div>

<div>George Martin</div>
<div>Malcom John Sinclair</div>
<div>J. Ohn</div>
$("div:contains('John')").css("text-decoration", "underline");