Simulating a mousedown, click, mouseup sequence in Tampermonkey?

I would like to simulate a whole click not just

document.getElementsByClassName()[0].click();

How do I do that? Search results all seem to be about handling such events, not triggering them.

Answers:

Answer

Send mouse events. Like so:

//--- Get the first link that has "stackoverflow" in its URL.
var targetNode = document.querySelector ("a[href*='stackoverflow']");
if (targetNode) {
    //--- Simulate a natural mouse-click sequence.
    triggerMouseEvent (targetNode, "mouseover");
    triggerMouseEvent (targetNode, "mousedown");
    triggerMouseEvent (targetNode, "mouseup");
    triggerMouseEvent (targetNode, "click");
}
else
    console.log ("*** Target node not found!");

function triggerMouseEvent (node, eventType) {
    var clickEvent = document.createEvent ('MouseEvents');
    clickEvent.initEvent (eventType, true, true);
    node.dispatchEvent (clickEvent);
}

That works if the web page is statically loaded. If the web page is AJAX-driven, use a technique as in:


Beware:
The question code has an error. You need to pass a class name to that function. Like so:

document.getElementsByClassName ("SomeClassName")[0].click();
Answer

I improved Brock's code a little after it worked as expected for me.

Definition:

function simulateMouseClick(targetNode) {
    function triggerMouseEvent(targetNode, eventType) {
        var clickEvent = document.createEvent('MouseEvents');
        clickEvent.initEvent(eventType, true, true);
        targetNode.dispatchEvent(clickEvent);
    }
    ["mouseover", "mousedown", "mouseup", "click"].forEach(function(eventType) { 
        triggerMouseEvent(targetNode, eventType);
    });
}

Calling examples:

simulateMouseClick(document);

simulateMouseClick(document.querySelector("a[href*='stackoverflow']"));
Answer

Bit Optimized

function fireMouseEvents( query, eventNames ){
    var element = document.querySelector(query);
    if(element && eventNames && eventNames.length){
        for(var index in eventNames){
            var eventName = eventNames[index];
            if(element.fireEvent ){
                element.fireEvent( 'on' + eventName );     
            } else {   
                var eventObject = document.createEvent( 'MouseEvents' );
                eventObject.initEvent( eventName, true, false );
                element.dispatchEvent(eventObject);
            }
        }
    }
}

You would fire like this

fireMouseEvents("a[href*='stackoverflow']",['mouseover','mousedown','mouseup','click']);

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