An identifier assigned to a pointer event that is unique from the identifiers of all active pointer events at the time. Authors cannot assume values convey any particular meaning other than an identifier for the pointer that is unique from all other active pointers.

This property is Read only .


var id = pointerEvent.pointerId;

Return value

The pointer event's unique identifier number.


This example illustrates the PointerEvent interface's pointerId property.

The following code snippet compares a previously saved pointer id with the identifier of the pointerdown event that was just fired.

var id;

target.addEventListener("pointerdown", function(ev) {
   // Compare previous id that was cached with this event's id
   // and handle accordingly
   if (id == ev.pointerId) process_event(ev);
 }, false);


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

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support5512



1042 No
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support555512



42 No6.0

1. From version 41: this feature is behind the dom.w3c_pointer_events.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.

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