Project: syntax-tree/unist-util-remove

Package: unist-util-remove@3.1.0

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  2. unist utility to remove nodes from a tree
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unist utility to remove all nodes that pass a test from the tree.


What is this?

This is a small utility that helps you clean a tree by removing some stuff.

When should I use this?

You can use this utility to remove things from a tree. This utility is very similar to unist-util-filter, which creates a new tree. Modifying a tree like this utility unist-util-remove does is much faster on larger documents though.

You can also walk the tree with unist-util-visit to remove nodes. To create trees, use unist-builder.


This package is ESM only. In Node.js (version 14.14+ and 16.0+), install with npm:

npm install unist-util-remove

In Deno with esm.sh:

import {remove} from 'https://esm.sh/unist-util-remove@3'

In browsers with esm.sh:

<script type="module">
  import {remove} from 'https://esm.sh/unist-util-remove@3?bundle'


import {u} from 'unist-builder'
import {remove} from 'unist-util-remove'

const tree = u('root', [
  u('leaf', '1'),
  u('parent', [
    u('leaf', '2'),
    u('parent', [u('leaf', '3'), u('other', '4')]),
    u('parent', [u('leaf', '5')])
  u('leaf', '6')

// Remove all nodes of type `leaf`.
remove(tree, 'leaf')

console.dir(tree, {depth: null})


  type: 'root',
  children: [
      type: 'parent',
      children: [{type: 'parent', children: [{type: 'other', value: '4'}]}]

👉 Note: the parent of leaf 5 is also removed, options.cascade can change that.


This package exports the identifier remove. There is no default export.

remove(tree[, options], test)

Change the given tree by removing all nodes that pass test.

The tree is walked in preorder (NLR), visiting the node itself, then its head, etc.


A changed given tree, without nodes that pass test.

null is returned if tree itself didn’t pass the test or is cascaded away.


Configuration (TypeScript type).



This package is fully typed with TypeScript. It exports the additional type Options.


Projects maintained by the unified collective are compatible with all maintained versions of Node.js. As of now, that is Node.js 12.20+, 14.14+, 16.0+, and 18.0+. Our projects sometimes work with older versions, but this is not guaranteed.


See contributing.md in syntax-tree/.github for ways to get started. See support.md for ways to get help.

This project has a Code of Conduct. By interacting with this repository, organisation, or community you agree to abide by its terms.


MIT © Eugene Sharygin