<noframes>: The Frame Fallback element

This feature is obsolete. Although it may still work in some browsers, its use is discouraged since it could be removed at any time. Try to avoid using it.

The obsolete HTML No Frames or frame fallback element, <noframes>, provides content to be presented in browsers that don't support (or have disabled support for) the <frame> element. Although most commonly-used browsers support frames, there are exceptions, including certain special-use browsers including some mobile browsers, as well as text-mode browsers.

A <noframes> element can contain any HTML elements that are allowed within the body of an HTML document, with the exception of the <frameset> and <frame> elements, since using frames when they aren't supported doesn't make sense.

<noframes> can be used to present a message explaining that the user's browser doesn't support frames, but ideally should be used to present an alternate form of the site that doesn't use frames but still offers the same or similar functionality.

In HTML 5 and later, <noframes> is obsolete and shouldn't be used, since the <frame> and <frameset> elements are also obsolete. When frames are needed at all, they should be presented using the <iframe> element.


Like all other HTML elements, this element supports the global attributes. It has no other attributes available.


In this example, we see a frameset with two frames. In addition, <noframes> is used to present an explanatory message if the user agent doesn't support frames.

<frameset cols="50%,50%">
  <frame src="https://developer.mozilla.org/en/HTML/Element/frameset" />
  <frame src="https://developer.mozilla.org/en/HTML/Element/frame" />
  <noframes><p>It seems your browser does not support frames or is
  configured to not allow them.</p></noframes>


Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'noframes' in that specification.
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<noframes>' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Chrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12Firefox Full support YesIE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes


Full support
Full support
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.

See also