Event.currentTarget

The currentTarget read-only property of the Event interface identifies the current target for the event, as the event traverses the DOM. It always refers to the element to which the event handler has been attached, as opposed to Event.target, which identifies the element on which the event occurred and which may be its descendant.

Syntax

var currentEventTarget = event.currentTarget;

Value

EventTarget

Example

Event.currentTarget is interesting to use when attaching the same event handler to several elements.

function hide(e){
  e.currentTarget.style.visibility = 'hidden';
  console.log(e.currentTarget);
  // When this function is used as an event handler: this === e.currentTarget
}

var ps = document.getElementsByTagName('p');

for(var i = 0; i < ps.length; i++){
  // Console: print the clicked <p> element 
  ps[i].addEventListener('click', hide, false);
}
// Console: print <body>
document.body.addEventListener('click', hide, false);

// Click around and make paragraphs disappear

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
DOM
The definition of 'Event.currentTarget' in that specification.
Living Standard
DOM4
The definition of 'Event.currentTarget' in that specification.
Obsolete
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 3 Events Specification
The definition of 'current event target' in that specification.
Obsolete
Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Events Specification
The definition of 'Event.currentTarget' in that specification.
Obsolete Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
currentTargetChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 9
Full support 9
No support 6 — 9
Notes
Notes On Internet Explorer 6 through 8, the event model is different. Event listeners are attached with the non-standard EventTarget.attachEvent method. In this model, there is no equivalent to event.currentTarget and this is the global object. One solution to emulate the event.currentTarget feature is to wrap your handler in a function calling the handler using Function.prototype.call with the element as a first argument. This way, this will be the expected value.
Opera Full support 7Safari Full support 10WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support 10.1Safari iOS Full support 10Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0

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See also