HTMLElement: copy event

The copy event fires when the user initiates a copy action through the browser's user interface.

Syntax

Use the event name in methods like addEventListener(), or set an event handler property.

addEventListener('copy', event => { });

oncopy = event => { };

Event type

Event properties

Also inherits properties from its parent Event.

ClipboardEvent.clipboardData Read only

A DataTransfer object containing the data affected by the user-initiated cut, copy, or paste operation, along with its MIME type.

Example

This example blocks every copy and paste attempt from the <textarea>.

HTML

<h3>Play with this text area:</h3>
<textarea id="editor" rows="3">Try copying and pasting text into this field!</textarea>

<h3>Log:</h3>
<p id="log"></p>

JavaScript

const log = document.getElementById('log');

function logCopy(event) {
  log.innerText = 'Copy blocked!\n' + log.innerText;
  event.preventDefault();
}

function logPaste(event) {
  log.innerText = 'Paste blocked!\n' + log.innerText;
  event.preventDefault();
}

const editor = document.getElementById('editor');

editor.oncopy = logCopy;
editor.onpaste = logPaste;

Result

Specifications

Specification
HTML Standard
# handler-oncopy

Browser compatibility

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See also