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jQuery Event Target: Return the Element Which Triggered an Event

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Published Jan 8, 2018
Updated Sep 25, 2019

jQuery Event Target: Main Tips

  • The event.target property is used to return the element that invoked a specified event.
  • The event target jQuery function handles event bubbling.

Usage of event.target

The event.target jQuery property is used to return the element that triggered the specified event. We recommend comparing jQuery event target to this to check whether event bubbling occurs.

$("p, button").click((event) => {
    $("div").html("Was triggered by button " + event.target.nodeName + " element.");

The example above shows which HTML element triggers the onclick event.

Note: use event.target jQuery property for event delegation. It is the process of assigning a parent as the listener for events.