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Filter DOM element(s) from a set of DOM elements.

Opposite of .filter()

The querying behavior of this command matches exactly how .not() works in jQuery.


.not(selector, options)


Correct Usage

cy.get('input').not('.required') // Yield all inputs without class '.required'

Incorrect Usage

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


selector (String selector)

A selector used to remove matching DOM elements.

options (Object)

Pass in an options object to change the default behavior of .not().

Option Default Description
log true Displays the command in the Command log
timeout defaultCommandTimeout Time to wait for .not() to resolve before timing out


  • .not() yields the new DOM element(s) it found.



Yield the elements that do not have class active

  <li class='active'>About</li>
cy.get('ul>li').not('.active').should('have.length', 4) // true



  • .not() requires being chained off a command that yields DOM element(s).


  • .not() will automatically retry until the element(s) exist in the DOM.

  • .not() will automatically retry until assertions you've chained all pass.


  • .not() can time out waiting for the element(s) to exist in the DOM.

  • .not() can time out waiting for assertions you've added to pass.

Command Log

Find all buttons that are not of type submit


The commands above will display in the Command Log as:

Command Log not

When clicking on not within the command log, the console outputs the following:

Console Log not

See also