Full height of a html element (div) including border, padding and margin?

I need the full height of a div, I'm currently using


offsetHeight - Returns the height of an element, including borders and padding if any, but not margins

But one of the nested elements inside the div, has a margin-top of 20%, so I get a wrong measurement. I tried style.marginTop and scrollHeight without success.

How can I get the full height (border, padding, margin) of an element (div) in javascript?

If there isn't any other way I'm ok with jQuery.



If you can use jQuery:

$('#divId').outerHeight(true) // gives with margins.

jQuery docs

For vanilla javascript you need to write a lot more (like always...):

function Dimension(elmID) {
    var elmHeight, elmMargin, elm = document.getElementById(elmID);
    if(document.all) {// IE
        elmHeight = elm.currentStyle.height;
        elmMargin = parseInt(elm.currentStyle.marginTop, 10) + parseInt(elm.currentStyle.marginBottom, 10) + "px";
    } else {// Mozilla
        elmHeight = document.defaultView.getComputedStyle(elm, '').getPropertyValue('height');
        elmMargin = parseInt(document.defaultView.getComputedStyle(elm, '').getPropertyValue('margin-top')) + parseInt(document.defaultView.getComputedStyle(elm, '').getPropertyValue('margin-bottom')) + "px";
    return (elmHeight+elmMargin);

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What about something like this (no jquery)? It's similar to @gdoron's answer but a little simpler. Tested it in IE9+, Firefox, and Chrome.

function getAbsoluteHeight(el) {
  // Get the DOM Node if you pass in a string
  el = (typeof el === 'string') ? document.querySelector(el) : el; 

  var styles = window.getComputedStyle(el);
  var margin = parseFloat(styles['marginTop']) +

  return Math.ceil(el.offsetHeight + margin);

Here is a working jsfiddle.

var el = document.querySelector('div');

var elHeight = el.offsetHeight;
elHeight += parseInt(window.getComputedStyle(el).getPropertyValue('margin-top'));
elHeight += parseInt(window.getComputedStyle(el).getPropertyValue('margin-bottom'));



I think this solution is more readable, but none of the solutions presented account for sizes that aren't pixels... :(


Another functional solution using arrow functions:

let el = document.querySelector('div');
let style = window.getComputedStyle(el);
let height = ['height', 'padding-top', 'padding-bottom']
        .map((key) => parseInt(style.getPropertyValue(key), 10))
        .reduce((prev, cur) => prev + cur);

Vanilla JavaScript ECMAScript 5.1

var element = document.getElementById('myID'),
    height = element.getBoundingClientRect().height,
    style = window.getComputedStyle(element);
// height: element height + vertical padding & borders
// now we just need to add vertical margins
height = ["top", "bottom"]
  .map(function(side) {
    return parseInt(style['margin-' + side], 10)
  .reduce(function(total, side) {
    return total + side
  }, height)
// result: compare with devtools computed measurements
document.querySelector('.result').innerText = 'Total height is: ' + height + 'px';
#myID {
  padding: 10px 0 20px;
  border-top: solid 2px red;
  border-bottom: solid 3px pink;
  margin: 5px 0 7px;
  background-color: yellow;

.result {
  margin-top: 50px;
<div id="myID">element</div>
<div class="result"></div>


old one - anyway... for all jQuery-banning and shortcut folks out there here is some plus scripting which expands the dimension/getabsoluteheight approaches of the other answers:

function getallinheight(obj) {
  var compstyle=(typeof window.getComputedStyle==='undefined')?obj.currentStyle:window.getComputedStyle(obj);
  var marginTop=parseInt(compstyle.marginTop);
  var marginBottom=parseInt(compstyle.marginBottom);
  var borderTopWidth=parseInt(compstyle.borderTopWidth);
  var borderBottomWidth=parseInt(compstyle.borderBottomWidth);
  return obj.offsetHeight+

Use all the props, margin, border, padding and height in sequence.

function getElmHeight(node) {
    const list = [

    const style = window.getComputedStyle(node)
    return list
        .map(k => parseInt(style.getPropertyValue(k), 10))
        .reduce((prev, cur) => prev + cur)

qdev wrote a nice solution, however I think offsetHeight is faster and better supported than getBoundingClientRect(). I also used ES6 to reduce the code size.

 * Returns the element height including margins
 * @param element - element
 * @returns {number}
function outerHeight(element) {
    const height = element.offsetHeight,
        style = window.getComputedStyle(element)

    return ['top', 'bottom']
        .map(side => parseInt(style[`margin-${side}`]))
        .reduce((total, side) => total + side, height)

The earlier solutions are probably ideal. In search of an easy way, I came up with something like that. This wraps the target in a div. The height of the div is already calculated and rounded.

<div style="margin: 0; padding: 0; border: none;">
    <p class="target">something info ex</p>

and in JavaScript:

var height = document.querySelector(".target").parentElement.offsetHeight;

in Vanilla JS in the function getAllmargin we get the sum of both margin top and bottom and with clientHeight we get the height including all paddings

var measureTool = document.getElementById('measureTool');
function getAllmargin(elem){
//Use parseInt method to get only number
        return parseInt(window.getComputedStyle(elem, null).getPropertyValue('margin-top')) 
        + parseInt(window.getComputedStyle(elem, null).getPropertyValue('margin-bottom'));
//Finally we get entire height  
console.log(measureTool.clientHeight + getAllmargin(measureTool));


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