The HTMLElement.offsetLeft read-only property returns the number of pixels that the upper left corner of the current element is offset to the left within the HTMLElement.offsetParent node.

For block-level elements, offsetTop, offsetLeft, offsetWidth, and offsetHeight describe the border box of an element relative to the offsetParent.

However, for inline-level elements (such as span) that can wrap from one line to the next, offsetTop and offsetLeft describe the positions of the first border box (use Element.getClientRects() to get its width and height), while offsetWidth and offsetHeight describe the dimensions of the bounding border box (use Element.getBoundingClientRect() to get its position). Therefore, a box with the left, top, width and height of offsetLeft, offsetTop, offsetWidth and offsetHeight will not be a bounding box for a span with wrapped text.

Syntax

left = element.offsetLeft;

left is an integer representing the offset to the left in pixels from the closest relatively positioned parent element.

Example

var colorTable = document.getElementById("t1");
var tOLeft = colorTable.offsetLeft;
 
if (tOLeft > 5) {
  // large left offset: do something here
}

This example shows a 'long' sentence that wraps within a div with a blue border, and a red box that one might think should describe the boundaries of the span.

Image:offsetLeft.jpg

<div style="width: 300px; border-color:blue;
  border-style:solid; border-width:1;">
  <span>Short span. </span>
  <span id="long">Long span that wraps within this div.</span>
</div>

<div id="box" style="position: absolute; border-color: red;
  border-width: 1; border-style: solid; z-index: 10">
</div>

<script>
  var box = document.getElementById("box");
  var long = document.getElementById("long");
  box.style.left = long.offsetLeft + document.body.scrollLeft + "px";
  box.style.top = long.offsetTop + document.body.scrollTop + "px";
  box.style.width = long.offsetWidth + "px";
  box.style.height = long.offsetHeight + "px";
</script> 

Specification

Specification Status Comment
CSS Object Model (CSSOM) View Module
The definition of 'offsetLeft' in that specification.
Working Draft  

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support
Experimental
Chrome ? Edge Full support YesFirefox Full support 1IE Full support YesOpera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?

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Full support  
Full support
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Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.

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