Track mouse/touch/pointer events through one interface

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import pointerTracker from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/pointer-tracker';



Track mouse/touch/pointer events for a given element.



import PointerTracker from 'pointer-tracker';

const pointerTracker = new PointerTracker(element, {
  start(pointer, event) {
    // Called when a pointer is pressed/touched within the element.
    // pointer - The new pointer. This pointer isn't included in this.currentPointers or
    // this.startPointers yet.
    // event - The event related to this pointer.
    // Return true from this callback if you're interested in further events about this pointer,
    // such as 'move' and 'end'.
  move(previousPointers, changedPointers, event) {
    // Called when pointers have moved.
    // previousPointers - The state of the pointers before this event. This contains the same number
    // of pointers, in the same order, as this.currentPointers and this.startPointers.
    // changedPointers - The pointers that have changed since the last move callback.
    // event - The event related to the pointer changes.
  end(pointer, event, cancelled) {
    // Called when a pointer is released.
    // pointer - The final state of the pointer that ended. This pointer is now absent from
    // this.currentPointers and this.startPointers.
    // event - The event related to this pointer.
    // cancelled - True if the event was cancelled. Actions are cancelled when the OS takes over
    // pointer events, for actions such as scrolling.
  // Avoid pointer events in favour of touch and mouse events?
  // Even if the browser supports pointer events, you may want to force the browser to use
  // mouse/touch fallbacks, to work around bugs such as
  // https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=220196.
  // The default is false.
  avoidPointerEvents: false,
  // Use raw pointer updates? Pointer events are usually synchronised to requestAnimationFrame.
  // However, if you're targeting a desynchronised canvas, then faster 'raw' updates are better.
  // This feature only applies to pointer events. The default is false.
  rawUpdates: false,

// State of the tracked pointers when they were pressed/touched.
// Latest state of the tracked pointers. Contains the same number of pointers, and in the same order
// as this.startPointers.
// Remove all listeners. Call this when you're done tracking.


const pointer = pointerTracker.currentPointers[0];

// x offset from the top of the document
// y offset from the top of the document
// x offset from the top of the viewport
// y offset from the top of the viewport
// Unique ID for this pointer
// The platform object used to create this Pointer
// Returns an expanded set of Pointers for high-resolution inputs.
const pointers = pointer.getCoalesced();


A simple painting app (code).


  • lib/index.ts - Original TypeScript.
  • dist/PointerTracker.mjs - JS module. Default exports PointerTracker.
  • dist/PointerTracker.js - UMD JS. Exposes PointerTracker on the global by default.
  • dist/PointerTracker-min.js - Minified UMD JS. ~900 bytes brotli'd.