Element: mouseenter event

The mouseenter event is fired at an Element when a pointing device (usually a mouse) is initially moved so that its hotspot is within the element at which the event was fired.

Bubbles No
Cancelable No
Interface MouseEvent
Event handler property onmouseenter

Usage notes

Though similar to mouseover, mouseenter differs in that it doesn't bubble and it isn't sent to any descendants when the pointer is moved from one of its descendants' physical space to its own physical space.

Behavior of mouseenter events:

One mouseenter event is sent to each element of the hierarchy when entering them. Here 4 events are sent to the four elements of the hierarchy when the pointer reaches the text.

Behavior of mouseover events:

A single mouseover event is sent to the deepest element of the DOM tree, then it bubbles up the hierarchy until it is canceled by a handler or reaches the root.

With deep hierarchies, the number of mouseover events sent can be quite huge and cause significant performance problems. In such cases, it is better to listen for mouseenter events.

Combined with the corresponding mouseleave (which is fired at the element when the mouse exits its content area), the mouseenter event acts in a very similar way to the CSS :hover pseudo-class.


The mouseover documentation has an example illustrating the difference between mouseover and mouseenter.


The following trivial example uses the mouseenter event to change the border on the div when the mouse enters the space allotted to it. It then adds an item to the list with the number of the mouseenter or mouseleave event.


<div id='mouseTarget'>
 <ul id="unorderedList">
  <li>No events yet!</li>


Styling the div to make it more visible.

#mouseTarget {
  box-sizing: border-box;
  border:1px solid #333;


let enterEventCount = 0;
let leaveEventCount = 0;
const mouseTarget = document.getElementById('mouseTarget');
const unorderedList = document.getElementById('unorderedList');

mouseTarget.addEventListener('mouseenter', e => {
  mouseTarget.style.border = '5px dotted orange';
  addListItem('This is mouseenter event ' + enterEventCount + '.');

mouseTarget.addEventListener('mouseleave', e => {
  mouseTarget.style.border = '1px solid #333';
  addListItem('This is mouseleave event ' + leaveEventCount + '.');

function addListItem(text) {
  // Create a new text node using the supplied text
  const newTextNode = document.createTextNode(text);

  // Create a new li element
  const newListItem = document.createElement("li");

  // Add the text node to the li element

  // Add the newly created list item to list



UI Events
# event-type-mouseenter

Browser compatibility

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See also