The Event property bubbles indicates whether the event bubbles up through the DOM or not.

Note: See Event bubbling and capture for more information on bubbling.


var doesItBubble = Event.bubbles;


A Boolean, which is true if the event bubbles up through the DOM.


 function goInput(e) {
  // checks bubbles and
  if (!e.bubbles) {
     // passes event along if it's not
  // already bubbling

Note: Only certain events can bubble. Events that do bubble have this property set to true. You can use this property to check if an event is allowed to bubble or not.


Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'Event.bubbles' in that specification.
Living Standard  
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Events Specification
The definition of 'Event.bubbles' in that specification.
Obsolete Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes ? ? ? Yes ?
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes ? ? Yes ? ?

See also

  • stopPropagation() to stop bubbling the event
  • stopImmediatePropagation() to not call any further listeners for the same event at the same level in the DOM
  • preventDefault() to allow propagation to continue but to disallow the browser to perform its default action should no listeners handle the event