Releases (stops) pointer capture that was previously set for a specific (PointerEvent) pointer.

See the Element.setPointerCapture() method for a description of pointer capture and how to set it for a particular element.




The identifier for a pointer event.

Return value

If pointerId does not match any the active pointers, this method returns void and throws a DOMException with the name InvalidPointerId.


function downHandler(ev) {
 var el=document.getElementById("target");
 // Element "target" will receive/capture further events
function cancelHandler(ev) {
 var el=document.getElementById("target");
 // Release the pointer capture
function init() {
 var el=document.getElementById("target");
 // Register pointerdown and pointercancel handlers
 el.onpointerdown = downHandler;
 el.onpointercancel = cancelHandler;
<body onload="init();">
<div id="target"> Touch me ... </div>


Specification Status Comment
Pointer Events – Level 2
The definition of 'releasePointerCapture' in that specification.
Working Draft Non-stable version.
Pointer Events
The definition of 'releasePointerCapture' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 35[1] 59 (59) 10 -ms
? No support
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? 35[1] 29.0 (29)[2] 10 -ms
? No support

[1] This was implemented in bug 248918.

[2] Supported behind the preference dom.w3c_pointer_events.enabled, defaulting to false.


See also

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