HTML DOM Textarea placeholder Property

The HTML DOM Textarea placeholder property returns and modify the value of placeholder attribute of a text area element in an HTML document.


Following is the syntax −

1. Returning placeholder


2. Adding placeholder

object.placeholder = “text”

Let us see an example of HTML DOM Textarea placeholder Property:


Live Demo

<!DOCTYPE html>
   body {
      color: #000;
      background: lightseagreen;
      height: 100vh;
   .btn {
      background: #db133a;
      border: none;
      height: 2rem;
      border-radius: 2px;
      width: 40%;
      display: block;
      color: #fff;
      outline: none;
      cursor: pointer;
   .show {
      margin: 1rem 0;
      font-size: 1.5rem;
<h1>DOM Textarea placeholder Property Demo</h1>
<textarea placeholder="Hi! I'm placeholder text of a textarea element" rows="8" cols='20'></textarea>
<button onclick="set()" class="btn">Show Placeholder</button>
<div class="show"></div>
   function set() {
      document.querySelector('.show').innerHTML = document.querySelector("textarea").placeholder;


Click on “Show Placeholder” button to display the value of placeholder attribute.