jQuery: How to get the event object in an event handler function without passing it as an argument?

I have an onclick attribute on my link:

<a href="#" onclick="myFunc(1,2,3)">click</a>

That points to this event handler in JavaScript:

function myFunc(p1,p2,p3) {
    //need to refer to the current event object:

Since the event object "evt" is not passed to a parameter, is it still possible to obtain this object?

I tried window.event and $(window.event), but both are undefined.

Any idea?



Since the event object "evt" is not passed from the parameter, is it still possible to obtain this object?

No, not reliably. IE and some other browsers make it available as window.event (not $(window.event)), but that's non-standard and not supported by all browsers (famously, Firefox does not).

You're better off passing the event object into the function:

<a href="#" onclick="myFunc(event, 1,2,3)">click</a>

That works even on non-IE browsers because they execute the code in a context that has an event variable (and works on IE because event resolves to window.event). I've tried it in IE6+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. Example: http://jsbin.com/iwifu4

But your best bet is to use modern event handling:


<a href="#">click</a>

JavaScript using jQuery (since you're using jQuery):

$("selector_for_the_anchor").click(function(event) {
    // Call `myFunc`
    myFunc(1, 2, 3);

    // Use `event` here at the event handler level, for instance

...or if you really want to pass event into myFunc:

$("selector_for_the_anchor").click(function(event) {
    myFunc(event, 1, 2, 3);

The selector can be anything that identifies the anchor. You have a very rich set to choose from (nearly all of CSS3, plus some). You could add an id or class to the anchor, but again, you have other choices. If you can use where it is in the document rather than adding something artificial, great.


in IE you can get the event object by window.event in other browsers with no 'use strict' directive, it is possible to get by arguments.callee.caller.arguments[0].

function myFunc(p1, p2, p3) {
    var evt = window.event || arguments.callee.caller.arguments[0];

Write your event handler declaration like this:

<a href="#" onclick="myFunc(event,1,2,3)">click</a>

Then your "myFunc()" function can access the event.

The string value of the "onclick" attribute is converted to a function in a way that's almost exactly the same as the browser (internally) calling the Function constructor:

theAnchor.onclick = new Function("event", theOnclickString);

(except in IE). However, because "event" is a global in IE (it's a window attribute), you'll be able to pass it to the function that way in any browser.


If you call your event handler on markup, as you're doing now, you can't (x-browser). But if you bind the click event with jquery, it's possible the following way:


  <a href="#" id="link1" >click</a>


      $("#link1").click(clickWithEvent);  //Bind the click event to the link
  function clickWithEvent(evt){
     myFunc('p1', 'p2', 'p3');
     function myFunc(p1,p2,p3){  //Defined as local function, but has access to evt

Since the event ob


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