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How to change XML Attribute in Javascript?

Working with XML in JavaScript

    This code comes from Vincent Lab
    And it has a video version linked here:

// Import dependencies
const fs = require("fs");
const { parseString, Builder } = require("xml2js");

// Load the XML
const xml = fs.readFileSync("data.xml").toString();
parseString(xml, function (err, data) {

    // Show the XML

    // Modify the XML
    data.people.person[0].$.id = 2;

    // Saved the XML
    const builder = new Builder();
    const xml = builder.buildObject(data);
    fs.writeFileSync("data.xml", xml, function (err, file) {
        if (err) throw err;


The way to change the value of an attribute, is to change its text value. This can be done using the setAttribute() method or setting the nodeValue property of the attribute node.

The following code fragment loads "books.xml" into xmlDoc and adds an "edition" attribute to all elements:

var xhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
xhttp.onreadystatechange = function() {
   if (this.readyState == 4 && this.status == 200) {
};"GET", "books.xml", true);

function myFunction(xml) {
    var x, i, xmlDoc, txt;
    xmlDoc = xml.responseXML;
    txt = "";
    x = xmlDoc.getElementsByTagName('title');
    // Add a new attribute to each title element
    for (i = 0; i < x.length; i++) {
        x[i].setAttribute("edition", "first");
    // Output titles and edition value
    for (i = 0; i < x.length; i++) {
        txt += x[i].childNodes[0].nodeValue +
        " - Edition: " +
        x[i].getAttribute('edition') + "<br>";
    document.getElementById("demo").innerHTML = txt;


Everyday Italian - Edition: first
Harry Potter - Edition: first
XQuery Kick Start - Edition: first
Learning XML - Edition: first


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