JavaScript convert HTML entities | Example code

Decoding HTML characters by using a DOM element assign value. Using textarea specifically so that the tags are preserved but HTML entities still get decoded.

Decode a string that has special HTML entities Example

HTML example code.

<!DOCTYPE html>
  <form id="form">
    <input type="text" id="input" value="Entity:&amp;nbsp; Bad attempt at XSS:<script>alert('new\nline?')</script><br>">
    <input type="submit" value="Show">

   function decodeHtml(html) {
    var txt = document.createElement("textarea");
    txt.innerHTML = html;
    return txt.value;

  document.getElementById('form').onsubmit = function(e) {
    var input = document.getElementById('input').value;
    var output = decodeHtml(input);


JavaScript convert HTML entities

Note: The All JS Examples codes are tested on the Firefox browser and the Chrome browser.

OS: Windows 10

Code: HTML 5 Version

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