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The normalized pressure of the pointer input in the range of 0 to 1, where 0 and 1 represent the minimum and maximum pressure the hardware is capable of detecting, respectively. For hardware that does not support pressure, including but not limited to mouse, the value MUST be 0.5 when the pointer is active and 0 otherwise.

This property is Read only .


var pressure = pointerEvent.pressure;

Return value

The amount of pressure applied to the pointer.


This example illustrates using the pressure property.

When a pointerdown event is fired, different functions are called depending on the value of the event's pressure property.

someElement.addEventListener('pointerdown', function(ev) {
   if (ev.pressure == 0) {
     // No pressure
   } else if (ev.pressure == 1) {
     // Maximum pressure
   } else {
     // Default
 }, false);


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

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 55.0 (Yes) (Yes) [1] 10 42 No support
Feature Android Android Webview Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Chrome for Android
Basic support No support 55.0 (Yes) No support No support 10 42 No support 55.0

[1] This feature is currently hidden behind a flag; to enable it and experiment, set the dom.w3c_pointer_events.enabled preference to true in about:config.

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