Defining Events in JSX

In the last chapter, in section 4.7, it was explained and demonstrated how events are defined on React nodes. To do the same thing in JSX you add the same camelCased event and the corresponding handler/callback as a prop/attribute of the JSX representing the React node.

Below is the none JSX way of adding an event to a React node (example from Previous chapter, section 4.7):

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The above code written using JSX:

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Note that we are using the { } brackets to connect a JS function to an event (i.e., onMouseOver={mouseOverHandler}). This style of adding events to nodes mimics the DOM 0 style of inlining events on HTML elements.

React supports the following events and event specific syntheticEvent properties:

Event Type/Category: Events: Event Specific Properties:


onCopy, onCut, onPaste DOMDataTransfer, clipboardData


onCompositionEnd, onCompositionStart, onCompositionUpdate data


onKeyDown, onKeyPress, onKeyUp altKey, charCode, ctrlKey, getModifierState(key), key, keyCode, locale, location, metaKey, repeat, shiftKey, which


onChange, onInput, onSubmit DOMEventTarget, relatedTarget


onFocus, onBlur


onClick, onContextMenu, onDoubleClick, onDrag, onDragEnd, onDragEnter, onDragExit onDragLeave, onDragOver, onDragStart, onDrop, onMouseDown, onMouseEnter, onMouseLeave onMouseMove, onMouseOut, onMouseOver, onMouseUp altKey, button, buttons, clientX, clientY, ctrlKey, getModifierState(key), metaKey, pageX, pageY, DOMEventTarget relatedTarget, screenX, screenY, shiftKey,




onTouchCancel, onTouchEnd, onTouchMove, onTouchStart altKey DOMTouchList changedTouches, ctrlKey, getModifierState(key), metaKey, shiftKey, DOMTouchList targetTouches, DOMTouchList touches,


onScroll detail, DOMAbstractView view


onWheel deltaMode, deltaX, deltaY, deltaZ,


onAbort, onCanPlay, onCanPlayThrough, onDurationChange, onEmptied, onEncrypted, onEnded, onError, onLoadedData, onLoadedMetadata, onLoadStart, onPause, onPlay, onPlaying, onProgress, onRateChange, onSeeked, onSeeking, onStalled, onSuspend, onTimeUpdate, onVolumeChange, onWaiting


onLoad, onError


onAnimationStart, onAnimationEnd, onAnimationIteration animationName, pseudoElement, elapsedTime


onTransitionEnd propertyName, pseudoElement, elapsedTime


  • React normalizes events so that they behave consistently across different browsers.
  • Events in React are triggered on the bubbling phase. To trigger an event on the capturing phase add the word "Capture" to the event name (e.g., onClick would become onClickCapture).
  • If you need the browser event details for a given event you can access this by using the nativeEvent property found in the SyntheticEvent object passed into React event hander/callbacks.
  • React does not actually attach events to the nodes themselves, it uses event delegation.
  • e.stopPropagation() or e.preventDefault() should be triggered manually to stop event propagation instead of returning false;.
  • Not all DOM events are provided by React. But you can still make use of them using React lifecycle methods.

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