How do I get the coordinates of a mouse click on a canvas element?

How do I get the coordinates of a mouse click on a canvas element?

What’s the simplest way to add a click event handler to a canvas element that will return the x and y coordinates of the click (relative to the canvas element)?
No legacy browser compatibility required, Safari, Opera and Firefox will do.


Solution 1:

Edit 2018: This answer is pretty old and it uses checks for old browsers that are not necessary anymore, as the clientX and clientY properties work in all current browsers. You might want to check out Patriques Answer for a simpler, more recent solution.

Original Answer:
As described in an article i found back then but exists no longer:

var x;
var y;
if (e.pageX || e.pageY) { 
  x = e.pageX;
  y = e.pageY;
else { 
  x = e.clientX + document.body.scrollLeft + document.documentElement.scrollLeft; 
  y = e.clientY + document.body.scrollTop + document.documentElement.scrollTop; 
x -= gCanvasElement.offsetLeft;
y -= gCanvasElement.offsetTop;

Worked perfectly fine for me.

Solution 2:

Update (5/5/16): patriques’ answer should be used instead, as it’s both simpler and more reliable.

Since the canvas isn’t always styled relative to the entire page, the canvas.offsetLeft/Top doesn’t always return what you need. It will return the number of pixels it is offset relative to its offsetParent element, which can be something like a div element containing the canvas with a position: relative style applied. To account for this you need to loop through the chain of offsetParents, beginning with the canvas element itself. This code works perfectly for me, tested in Firefox and Safari but should work for all.

function relMouseCoords(event){
    var totalOffsetX = 0;
    var totalOffsetY = 0;
    var canvasX = 0;
    var canvasY = 0;
    var currentElement = this;

        totalOffsetX += currentElement.offsetLeft - currentElement.scrollLeft;
        totalOffsetY += currentElement.offsetTop - currentElement.scrollTop;
    while(currentElement = currentElement.offsetParent)

    canvasX = event.pageX - totalOffsetX;
    canvasY = event.pageY - totalOffsetY;

    return {x:canvasX, y:canvasY}
HTMLCanvasElement.prototype.relMouseCoords = relMouseCoords;

The last line makes things convenient for getting the mouse coordinates relative to a canvas element. All that’s needed to get the useful coordinates is

coords = canvas.relMouseCoords(event);
canvasX = coords.x;
canvasY = coords.y;

Solution 3:

If you like simplicity but still want cross-browser functionality I found this solution worked best for me. This is a simplification of @Aldekein´s solution but without jQuery.

function getCursorPosition(canvas, event) {
    const rect = canvas.getBoundingClientRect()
    const x = event.clientX - rect.left
    const y = event.clientY -
    console.log("x: " + x + " y: " + y)

const canvas = document.querySelector('canvas')
canvas.addEventListener('mousedown', function(e) {
    getCursorPosition(canvas, e)

Solution 4:

Modern browser’s now handle this for you. Chrome, IE9, and Firefox support the offsetX/Y like this, passing in the event from the click handler.

function getRelativeCoords(event) {
    return { x: event.offsetX, y: event.offsetY };

Most modern browsers also support layerX/Y, however Chrome and IE use layerX/Y for the absolute offset of the click on the page including margin, padding, etc. In Firefox, layerX/Y and offsetX/Y are equivalent, but offset didn’t previously exist. So, for compatibility with slightly older browsers, you can use:

function getRelativeCoords(event) {
    return { x: event.offsetX || event.layerX, y: event.offsetY || event.layerY };

Solution 5:

According to fresh Quirksmode the clientX and clientY methods are supported in all major browsers.
So, here it goes – the good, working code that works in a scrolling div on a page with scrollbars:

function getCursorPosition(canvas, event) {
var x, y;

canoffset = $(canvas).offset();
x = event.clientX + document.body.scrollLeft + document.documentElement.scrollLeft - Math.floor(canoffset.left);
y = event.clientY + document.body.scrollTop + document.documentElement.scrollTop - Math.floor( + 1;

return [x,y];

This also requires jQuery for $(canvas).offset().

Solution 6:

I made a full demostration that works in every browser with the full source code of the solution of this problem: Coordinates of a mouse click on Canvas in Javascript. To try the demo, copy the code and paste it into a text editor. Then save it as example.html and, finally, open the file with a browser.

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