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Get the children of each DOM element within a set of DOM elements.

The querying behavior of this command matches exactly how .children() works in jQuery.


.children(selector, options)


Correct Usage

cy.get('nav').children()     // Yield children of nav

Incorrect Usage

cy.children()                // Errors, cannot be chained off 'cy'
cy.location().children()     // Errors, 'location' does not yield DOM element


selector (String selector)

A selector used to filter matching DOM elements.

options (Object)

Pass in an options object to change the default behavior of .children().

Option Default Description
log true Displays the command in the Command log
timeout defaultCommandTimeout Time to wait for .children() to resolve before timing out


  • .children() yields the new DOM element(s) it found.


No Args

Get the children of the .secondary-nav

    <ul class="secondary-nav">
      <li class="services-1">Web Design</li>
      <li class="services-2">Logo Design</li>
      <li class="services-3">
        Print Design
        <ul class="tertiary-nav">
          <li>Business Cards</li>
// yields [
//  <li class="services-1">Web Design</li>,
//  <li class="services-2">Logo Design</li>,
//  <li class="services-3">Print Design</li>
// ]


Get the children with class active

    <li class="active">Unit Testing</li>
    <li>Integration Testing</li>
// yields [
//  <li class="active">Unit Testing</li>
// ]



  • .children() requires being chained off a command that yields DOM element(s).


  • .children() will automatically retry until the element(s) exist in the DOM.

  • .children() will automatically retry until assertions you've chained all pass.


  • .children() can time out waiting for the element(s) to exist in the DOM.

  • .children() can time out waiting for assertions you've added to pass.

Command Log

Assert that there should be 8 children elements in a nav

cy.get('.left-nav>.nav').children().should('have.length', 8)

The commands above will display in the Command Log as:

Command log for children

When clicking on the children command within the command log, the console outputs the following:

console.log for children

See also