ownerDocument Property


Returns the root of the document that contains the node.

Script Syntax

var objXMLDOMDocument = oXMLDOMNode.ownerDocument;  


The following script example uses the ownerDocument property to return the parent DOMDocument object, and then displays that object's root element tag name.

var xmlDoc = new ActiveXObject("Msxml2.DOMDocument.3.0");
var currNode;
var owner;
xmlDoc.async = false;
if (xmlDoc.parseError.errorCode != 0) {
   var myErr = xmlDoc.parseError;
   WScript.Echo("You have error " + myErr.reason);
} else {
   currNode =    xmlDoc.documentElement.childNodes.item(0).childNodes.item(1);
   owner = currNode.ownerDocument;

Visual Basic Syntax

Set objXMLDOMDocument = oXMLDOMNode.ownerDocument  

C/C++ Syntax

HRESULT get_ownerDocument(  
    IXMLDOMDocument **DOMDocument);  


DOMDocument[out, retval]
Address of the parent document object that represents the root of the document.

C/C++ Return Values

Value returned if successful.

Value returned if the DOMDocument parameter is Null.


The property is read-only. It returns the parent document that represents the root of the document to which this node belongs.

All nodes are created in the context of a document, and the ownerDocument property is maintained until the node is added to another document. For a node removed from a document, this property indicates the document in which the node was last included.


Implemented in:

MSXML 3.0, MSXML 6.0

Applies to

IXMLDOMAttribute | IXMLDOMCDATASection | IXMLDOMCharacterData | IXMLDOMComment | IXMLDOMDocument-DOMDocument | IXMLDOMDocumentFragment | IXMLDOMDocumentType | IXMLDOMElement | IXMLDOMEntity | IXMLDOMEntityReference | IXMLDOMNode | IXMLDOMNotation | IXMLDOMProcessingInstruction | IXMLDOMText