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NPM Module which strips out all JavaScript code from some HTML text

This module performs the following tasks:

  • Sanitizes HTML
  • Removes script tags
  • Removes attributes such as "onclick", "onerror", etc. which contain JavaScript code
  • Removes "href" attributes which contain JavaScript code
  • Removes "action" attributes from form tags

An example use case of this module is to sanitize HTML emails before displaying them in a browser to prevent cross-site scripting attacks.


npm install strip-js

This module can also be used from the command line. Install it globally using the following command:

sudo npm install -g strip-js


The following input HTML ...

      <script src="foo.js"></script> 
      <img src="image.gif" onerror="stealSession(document.cookie)" foo="bar">
      <a href="javascript:stealSession(document.cookie)" target="_blank">Dangerous Link</a>
      <a href="" target="_blank">Safe Link</a>
      <form action="steal_cookies.php" foo="bar"></form>
         This is some text in a p tag, but the p tag is not closed!

... is converted to the following:

      <img src="image.gif" foo="bar">
      <a target="_blank">Dangerous Link</a>
      <a href="" target="_blank">Safe Link</a>
      <form foo="bar"></form>
         This is some text in a p tag, but the p tag is not closed!

Using this module is easy!

var stripJs = require('strip-js');
var fs = require('fs');
var html = fs.readFileSync('./webpage.html').toString();
var safeHtml = stripJs(html); // It returns plain HTML text

If you need to preserve doctypes, use var safeHtml = stripJs(html, { preserveDoctypes: true });. preserveDoctypes defaults to false.

For command line usage, install it globally. It reads the input HTML from its stdin and outputs the result to stdout.

strip-js < input.html


Some old browsers have XSS vulnerabilities in CSS, as mentioned in the browser security handbook:

The risk of JavaScript execution. As a little-known feature, some CSS implementations permit JavaScript code to be embedded in stylesheets. There are at least three ways to achieve this goal: by using the expression(...) directive, which gives the ability to evaluate arbitrary JavaScript statements and use their value as a CSS parameter; by using the url('javascript:...') directive on properties that support it; or by invoking browser-specific features such as the -moz-binding mechanism of Firefox.

This module does not remove any JavaScript from CSS, so it is recommended that you enforce one of the following browsers in your web app:

  • Edge
  • IE11
  • FF3
  • Safari
  • Chrome
  • Android

All these browsers are safe in that they don't allow JavaScript execution in CSS. Please feel free to add more browsers to this list after testing them, and send a pull request.

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