HTML | DOM touchstart Event

The touchstart event is used to execute a script whenever the user touches an HTML element. On touching a particular element, if the touchstart event is associated with it, it can be used to trigger a javascript function.

Note: The touchstart event works only on touch screen devices.

Syntax :

object.ontouchstart = myScript;

Below program illustrates the touchstart event :

Program: Executing a JavaScript when a user touches a P element.





<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>touchstart event in HTML</title
            font-family: Impact;
    <h2>touchstart event</h2><br>
    <!-- On touching this P element, the start() 
        function is trigerred -->
    <p ontouchstart="start()">
        Touch somewhere in the paragraph to 
        trigger a function.
    <p id="test"></p>
    function start() 
        document.getElementById("test").innerHTML = 
                    "Paragraph has been touched";



After touching the screen

Supported Web Browsers

  • Opera
  • Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Apple Safari


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