Dynamically Adding and Removing Text Boxes using JavaScript

In one of the webpage I wanted to add and remove input text boxes on demand (or say dynamically) so after much thought and search I found the solution in using pure JavaScript. Here is the sample of code which I used for this purpose and may also be beneficial for you web developers who wanted to add or remove text boxes dynamically using only JavaScript.

It simply uses two functions:
addElement(): It first gets the element id where we want to include a new element followed by creation of new element and appending it inside the element with unique id.
removeElement(): It removes the last added new element.

Here is well documented simple code for quick reference:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<meta charset=”utf-8″ />
<title>Dynamically adding and removing textboxes</title>
<script type=”text/javascript”>
//Counter to maintain number of textboxes and give them unique id for later reference
var intTextBox = 0;

* Function to add textbox element dynamically
* First we incrementing the counter and creating new div element with unique id
* Then adding new textbox element to this div and finally appending this div to main content.
function addElement() {
var objNewDiv = document.createElement(‘div’);
objNewDiv.setAttribute(‘id’, ‘div_’ + intTextBox);
objNewDiv.innerHTML = ‘Textbox ‘ + intTextBox + ‘: <input type=”text” id=”tb_’ + intTextBox + ‘” name=”tb_’ + intTextBox + ‘”/>’;

* Function to remove textbox element dynamically
* check if counter is more than zero then remove the div element with the counter id and reduce the counter
* if counter is zero then show alert as no existing textboxes are there
function removeElement() {
if(0 < intTextBox) {
document.getElementById(‘content’).removeChild(document.getElementById(‘div_’ + intTextBox));
} else {
alert(“No textbox to remove”);
<p>Demo of adding and removing textboxes dynamically using simple JavaScript</p>
<a href=”javascript:void(0);” onclick=”addElement();”>Add</a>
<a href=”javascript:void(0);” onclick=”removeElement();”>Remove</a>
<div id=”content”></div>

You can also play with this code here: http://jsfiddle.net/ursdeep/76hxapd9/

Let me know if it is any helpful for you or if you have any query and also suggestions to improve the same.


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