JavaScript: Add/Remove Event Handler

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This page shows you how to add/remove event handler.

node.addEventListener(eventName, functionName, false)

Adds a event handler.

eventName is a string representing a event.

functionName is a function that will be called when the event happens.

The event handler function functionName is passed a eventObject as argument.

The element that fired the event can be accessed by the property key "target". That is, [see What is “this” in a event handler?]

node.removeEventListener(eventName, functionName)
Remove the function that was attached to the event.


Here is a simple click event.

click me

Here is the HTML code:

<div id="click40667">click me</div>

<p id="output28161"></p>

Here is the JavaScript code:

const click40667 = document.getElementById("click40667");

const output28161 = document.getElementById("output28161");

const ff = (() => { output28161.textContent = output28161.textContent + "clicked "});

click40667.addEventListener ("click", ff);

This is a simple example of a Event. The event is "click". When user clicks, the browser fires the event, then calls the function attached to that event. (function for this purpose is called the “event handler”.)

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