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Use jQuery .offsetParent() to Find the Closest Positioned Parent

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Published Jan 22, 2018
Updated Jan 21, 2020

jQuery offsetParent: Main Tips

  • jQuery .offsetParent() returns the first positioned parent.
  • Positioned refers to an element that has the CSS position property with one of the following values: relative, absolute or fixed.

Using .offsetParent()

The .offsetParent() jQuery method looks through the DOM tree of specified elements and finds the ancestors. Then the offset parents function generates a new jQuery object with the closest positioned parent.

Hover over the element in the example to see its positioned offset parent change color:

$("div").hover(() => {
    $("div").offsetParent().css("color", "#41914e");

Follow this syntax for the jQuery .offsetParent() method:


Tip: you can return the element position relative to the offset parent by applying the jQuery .position() method.