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currentTarget Event Property

Event Object Reference Event Object

Example

Get the element whose event listeners triggered a specific event:

alert(event.currentTarget);

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Definition and Usage

The currentTarget event property returns the element whose event listeners triggered the event.

This is particularly useful during capturing and bubbling.

The currentTarget property always refers to the element whose event listener triggered the event, opposed to the target property, which returns the element that triggered the event.


Browser Support

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the property.

Property
currentTarget Yes 9.0 Yes Yes Yes

Syntax

event.currentTarget

Technical Details

Return Value: A reference to the object whose event listeners triggered the event
DOM Version: DOM Level 2 Events

Event Object Reference Event Object

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