How to get the height of the text inside of a textarea

I have a textarea with the the text Hello World. I would like to get the height of this text.

I've tried to use:

var element = document.getElementById('textarea');
var textHeight = element.innerHTML.offsetHeight;


var textHeight = element.value.offsetHeight;

But these don't give the numbers of the text, but the height of the textarea element.



Create a span element, set Span's innerHTML to "Hello World".
Get the span's offsetHeight.

var span = document.createElement("span");
span.innerHTML="Hello World"; //or whatever string you want.
span.offsetHeight // this is the answer

note that you must set the span's font style to the textarea's font style.

Your example will NEVER work because innerHTML and value are both strings. String doesn't define offsetWidth.

If you wish to get the height of selected text inside of a textarea, use selectionStart/selectionEnd to find the selected text of the textarea.


element.scrollHeight is probably worth investigating.

If I was going to approach this (and I've not tested this at all), I'd set the textarea's height to 1px measure the scroll height and then reset the textarea's height.


In jQuery there is no scrollHeight, so it needs a little workaround. the solution would be:

var areaheight=$("textarea#element")[0].scrollHeight;

or shorter:


You can use element.scrollHeight (just like Patrick answered) but it needs some corrections (I'm using jQuery in example):

1) if your textarea has padding, you need to substract it (top & bottom).

2) if element has already set height, you need to set it to zero (just for measure then set it back, else it returns this height + padding)

var h0 = $(element).height();  // backup height
var h = $(this).get(0).scrollHeight - $(this).css('paddingTop').replace('px','')*1 - $(this).css('paddingBottom').replace('px','')*1; // actual text height
$(this).height(h0); // set back original height (or new height using h)

There is no need of extra span with same css as textarea.

Answer sorry that I can't be of more help.

the problem with you example is that inline text does not have a height, it only has a line-height, for it to have a height it needs to be in display block mode, so that all the lines are added to a block of text, even then it all depends on the width of the box and the font-size, font-family etc.

what ItzWarty suggests is getting the text selection and putting it in a div that has the same font and width as the textarea, which has display block and allows you to get its height.


I am not sure whether I interpret your question correctly, but I personally needed to know the exact height of each line of text. The line-height property does not have the right value (for example, in Safari, it will be rounded to the closest value when actually printing text).

This is my workaround. You should have the following code somewhere at the beginning of the document.

// set one row in the textarea and get its height
element.rows = 1;
var height1 = parseFloat(window.getComputedStyle(element)["height"]);
// set two rows in the textarea and get its height
element.rows = 2;
var height2 = parseFloat(window.getComputedStyle(element)["height"]);
// Now, the line height should be the difference
var inputLineHeight = height2-height1;

The variable inputLineHeight should contain the correct value, in pixel.


For anyone using React:

const textarea_ref = useRef(null);
const [idealHeight,setIdealHeight] = useState(0);
const [inputValue,setInputValue] = useState("");

useLayoutEffect(() => {                                           // useLayoutEffect TO AVOID FLICKERING = '0px';                    // NEEDS TO SET HEIGHT TO ZERO
    const scrollHeight = textarea_ref.current.scrollHeight;       // TO READ THE CORRECT SCROLL HEIGHT WHEN IT SHRINKS
    textarea_ref.current.removeAttribute('style');                // REMOVE INLINE STYLE THAT WAS ADDED WITH 0px
    setIdealHeight(scrollHeight + 2);                             // NEEDS TO ADD 2. I THINK IT'S BECAUSE OF THE BORDER

return (
    // USE idealHeight STATE TO SET THE HEIGHT

PS: It still flickers sometimes. At least in Chrome.


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