Javascript NodeList is Iterable!

For years developers would want to do something link this:

// Example 1
var myNodeList = document.querySelectorAll('div');
myNodeList.forEach(node => node.classList.add('blue'));

and would get an error like this: Uncaught TypeError: myNodeList.forEach is not a function

The error would occur because, although a node list looks like an array when you inspect it via console.log(), it is in fact not an array and lacked typical array methods, like forEach(). To solve the problem of iterating over a node list, you would have to create a new array based on the node list, like this:

// Example 2: Old way
var myNodeList = document.querySelectorAll('div');
const myNodeListAsArray =;
// another way to convert a node list to an array:
// ~thanks Mark (Twitter: @markpinero) for the tip!~
// const myNodeListAsArray = [...myNodeList];
myNodeListAsArray.forEach(node => node.classList.add('blue')

These days a node list still isn't an array, but it is iterable with the forEach() method. Now 'Example 1' above executes without any problems!

Here's a somewhat 'real-world' example:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
  <meta charset="UTF-8">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
  <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="ie=edge">
  <title>Iterable Node List</title>
    .nodes {
      display: flex;
    .nodes > div {
      height: 80px;
      width: 80px;
      background-color: lightgray;
      margin: 10px;
    .nodes > {
      background-color: lightblue;
    .nodes > {
      background-color: lightgreen;
  <div class="nodes">
  <script type="text/javascript">
  function addGreenClassNewWay() {
    const nList = document.querySelectorAll(".nodes > div");
    nList.forEach(node => node.classList.add("green"));
  function addBlueClassOldWay() {
    var myNodeList = document.querySelectorAll("div");
    const myNodeListAsArray =;
    myNodeListAsArray.forEach(node => node.classList.add("blue"));
  const button = document.createElement("button");
  button.innerText = "Add color";
  // button.onclick = addBlueClassOldWay;
  button.onclick = addGreenClassNewWay;


Javascript is progressing very quickly these days, and, although it can be hard to keep up sometimes, all these changes seem to be for the better. If you like old-school javascript, no problem - ES5 isn't going anywhere. However, if you're excited about new language features and APIs, then these are exciting times indeed.

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