Javascript Current Target

Published 2 Jun, 2020

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How to get the current target element in onclick

If you’re reading this then chances are you’re working on the onclick event handler. This will return the event where it’s clicked instead of the parent element. If that’s the case then you’re in the right place. I’m going to explain how do we get the target element instead of where it’s clicked.

Let’s see the simple example here. And then I will explain about how to get it done.

<a onclick=handleCheck()>
    <span class="span">
        <i class="fas fa-check"></i>

The about example is very simple but every time I click the element I’m getting different event not the parent a element. For example if you click somewhere in the middle you will get the event with target to span or i not the parent a href element.

So How do we solve this?

The answer is currentTarget. In the event you can get the currentTarget which is the parent of all the element that responsible for the click event.

function handleCheck(event) {
    console.log("Current Target", event.currentTarget)