javascript – How to select first parent DIV using jQuery?-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:
var classes = $(this).attr('class').split(' '); // this gets the current element classes

var classes = $(this).parent().attr('class').split(' '); // this gets the parent classes.

The parent in the above situation is an ankor.

If I wanted to get the first parent DIV of $(this) what would the code look like?

var classes = $(this).div:parent().attr('class').split(' '); // just a quick try.

* Basically I want to get the classes of the first parent DIV of $(this).

thx

How to solve:

Use .closest() to traverse up the DOM tree up to the specified selector.

var classes = $(this).parent().closest('div').attr('class').split(' '); // this gets the parent classes.

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Use .closest(), which gets the first ancestor element that matches the given selector 'div':

var classes = $(this).closest('div').attr('class').split(' ');

EDIT:

As @Shef noted, .closest() will return the current element if it happens to be a DIV also. To take that into account, use .parent() first:

var classes = $(this).parent().closest('div').attr('class').split(' ');

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This gets parent if it is a div. Then it gets class.

var div = $(this).parent("div");
var _class = div.attr("class");

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Keep it simple!

var classes = $(this).parent('div').attr('class');

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two of the best options are

$(this).parent("div:first")

$(this).parent().closest('div')

and of course you can find the class attr by

$(this).parent("div:first").attr("class")

$(this).parent().closest('div').attr("class")

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