Detect Click into Iframe using JavaScript

Detect Click into Iframe using JavaScript

I understand that it is not possible to tell what the user is doing inside an iframe if it is cross domain. What I would like to do is track if the user clicked at all in the iframe. I imagine a scenario where there is an invisible div on top of the iframe and the the div will just then pass the click event to the iframe.
Is something like this possible? If it is, then how would I go about it? The iframes are ads, so I have no control over the tags that are used.


Solution 1:

Is something like this possible?

No. All you can do is detect the mouse going into the iframe, and potentially (though not reliably) when it comes back out (ie. trying to work out the difference between the pointer passing over the ad on its way somewhere else versus lingering on the ad).

I imagine a scenario where there is an invisible div on top of the iframe and the the div will just then pass the click event to the iframe.

Nope, there is no way to fake a click event.

By catching the mousedown you’d prevent the original click from getting to the iframe. If you could determine when the mouse button was about to be pressed you could try to get the invisible div out of the way so that the click would go through… but there is also no event that fires just before a mousedown.

You could try to guess, for example by looking to see if the pointer has come to rest, guessing a click might be about to come. But it’s totally unreliable, and if you fail you’ve just lost yourself a click-through.

Solution 2:

This is certainly possible. This works in Chrome, Firefox, and IE 11 (and probably others).

var listener = window.addEventListener('blur', function() {
    if (document.activeElement === document.getElementById('iframe')) {
        // clicked
    window.removeEventListener('blur', listener);


Caveat: This only detects the first click. As I understand, that is all you want.

Solution 3:

Based on Mohammed Radwan’s answer I came up with the following jQuery solution. Basically what it does is keep track of what iFrame people are hovering. Then if the window blurs that most likely means the user clicked the iframe banner.

the iframe should be put in a div with an id, to make sure you know which iframe the user clicked on:

<div class='banner' bannerid='yyy'>
    <iframe src=''></iframe>


$(document).ready( function() {
    var overiFrame = -1;
    $('iframe').hover( function() {
        overiFrame = $(this).closest('.banner').attr('bannerid');
    }, function() {
        overiFrame = -1

this keeps overiFrame at -1 when no iFrames are hovered, or the ‘bannerid’ set in the wrapping div when an iframe is hovered. All you have to do is check if ‘overiFrame’ is set when the window blurs, like so:

    $(window).blur( function() {
        if( overiFrame != -1 )
            $.post('log.php', {id:overiFrame}); /* example, do your stats here */

Very elegant solution with a minor downside: if a user presses ALT-F4 when hovering the mouse over an iFrame it will log it as a click. This only happened in FireFox though, IE, Chrome and Safari didn’t register it.

Thanks again Mohammed, very useful solution!

Solution 4:

This is small solution that works in all browsers even IE8:

var monitor = setInterval(function(){
    var elem = document.activeElement;
    if(elem && elem.tagName == 'IFRAME'){
}, 100);

You can test it here:

Solution 5:

The following code will show you if the user click/hover or move out of the iframe:-

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">
<title>Detect IFrame Clicks</title>
<script type="text/javascript">
    $(document).ready(function() {
        var isOverIFrame = false;

        function processMouseOut() {
            log("IFrame mouse >> OUT << detected.");
            isOverIFrame = false;

        function processMouseOver() {
            log("IFrame mouse >> OVER << detected.");
            isOverIFrame = true;

        function processIFrameClick() {
            if(isOverIFrame) {
                // replace with your function
                log("IFrame >> CLICK << detected. ");

        function log(message) {
            var console = document.getElementById("console");
            var text = console.value;
            text = text + message + "\n";
            console.value = text;

        function attachOnloadEvent(func, obj) {
            if(typeof window.addEventListener != 'undefined') {
                window.addEventListener('load', func, false);
            } else if (typeof document.addEventListener != 'undefined') {
                document.addEventListener('load', func, false);
            } else if (typeof window.attachEvent != 'undefined') {
                window.attachEvent('onload', func);
            } else {
                if (typeof window.onload == 'function') {
                    var oldonload = onload;
                    window.onload = function() {
                } else {
                    window.onload = func;

        function init() {
            var element = document.getElementsByTagName("iframe");
            for (var i=0; i<element.length; i++) {
                element[i].onmouseover = processMouseOver;
                element[i].onmouseout = processMouseOut;
            if (typeof window.attachEvent != 'undefined') {
                top.attachEvent('onblur', processIFrameClick);
            else if (typeof window.addEventListener != 'undefined') {
                top.addEventListener('blur', processIFrameClick, false);

<iframe src="" width="100%" height="1300px"></iframe>
<form name="form" id="form" action=""><textarea name="console"
id="console" style="width: 100%; height: 300px;" cols="" rows=""></textarea>
<button name="clear" id="clear" type="reset">Clear</button>

You need to replace the src in the iframe with your own link. Hope this’ll help.

Solution 6:

Just found this solution…
I tried it, I loved it..

Works for cross domain iframes for desktop and mobile!

Don’t know if it is foolproof yet

      if( == 'CrossDomainiframeId'){
        //do something :-)

Happy coding