PointerEvent.pointerType

The pointerType read-only property of the PointerEvent interface indicates the device type (mouse, pen, or touch) that caused a given pointer event.

Syntax

var pType = pointerEvent.pointerType;

Return value

pType
The event's pointer type. The supported values are the following strings:
 
"mouse"
The event was generated by a mouse device.
"pen"
The event was generated by a pen or stylus device.
"touch"
The event was generated by a touch, such as a finger.

If the device type cannot be detected by the browser, the value can be an empty string (""). If the browser supports pointer device types other than those listed above, the value should be vendor-prefixed to avoid conflicting names for different types of devices.

Example

This example illustrates using the value of the pointerType property to call the appropriate pointer type processing function.

targetElement.addEventListener('pointerdown', function(event) {
  // Call the appropriate pointer type handler
  switch (event.pointerType) {
    case 'mouse': 
      process_pointer_mouse(event); 
      break;
    case 'pen': 
      process_pointer_pen(event); 
      break;
    case 'touch': 
      process_pointer_touch(event); 
      break;
    default:
      console.log(`pointerType ${event.pointerType} is not suported`);
  }
}, false);

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Pointer Events
The definition of 'pointerType' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.
Pointer Events – Level 2
The definition of 'pointerType' in that specification.
Working Draft Non-stable version.
CSS Object Model (CSSOM) View Module
The definition of 'MouseEvent' in that specification.
Working Draft Redefines MouseEvent from long to double. This means that a PointerEvent whose pointerType is mouse will be a double.

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support 55Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 59
Full support 59
Full support 41
Disabled
Disabled 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.
IE Full support 11
Full support 11
Partial support 10
Notes
Notes Returns an integer enumeration instead of a string.
Opera Full support 42Safari No support NoWebView Android Full support 55Chrome Android Full support 55Edge Mobile Full support 12Firefox Android No support No
No support No
Full support 41
Disabled
Disabled 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.
Opera Android Full support 42Safari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android Full support 6.0

Legend

Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
User must explicitly enable this feature.

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