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A suite of polyfills supporting the Web Components specs:

Custom Elements: allows authors to define their own custom tags (spec).

HTML Imports: a way to include and reuse HTML documents via other HTML documents (spec).

Shadow DOM: provides encapsulation by hiding DOM subtrees under shadow roots (spec).

This also folds in polyfills for MutationObserver and WeakMap.


Pre-built (concatenated & minified) versions of the polyfills are maintained in the tagged versions of this repo. There are two variants:

webcomponents.js includes all of the polyfills.

webcomponents-lite.js includes all polyfills except for shadow DOM.

Browser Support

Our polyfills are intended to work in the latest versions of evergreen browsers. See below for our complete browser support matrix:

Polyfill IE10 IE11+ Chrome* Firefox* Safari 7+* Chrome Android* Mobile Safari*
Custom Elements ~
HTML Imports ~
Shadow DOM

*Indicates the current version of the browser

~Indicates support may be flaky. If using Custom Elements or HTML Imports with Shadow DOM, you will get the non-flaky Mutation Observer polyfill that Shadow DOM includes.

The polyfills may work in older browsers, however require additional polyfills (such as classList) to be used. We cannot guarantee support for browsers outside of our compatibility matrix.

Manually Building

If you wish to build the polyfills yourself, you’ll need node and gulp on your system:

  • install node.js using the instructions on their website
  • use npm to install gulp.js: npm install -g gulp

Now you are ready to build the polyfills with:

# install dependencies
npm install
# build
gulp build

The builds will be placed into the dist/ directory.


See the contributing guide


Everything in this repository is BSD style license unless otherwise specified.

Copyright (c) 2015 The Polymer Authors. All rights reserved.