How to Get the ID of the Element that Fired an Event in jQuery


Use the Property

You can use the property to get the ID of the element that fired an event in jQuery. This property always refers to the element that triggered the event.

The following example will display the name of the element that was just clicked.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>jQuery Get the DOM Element that Initiated the Event</title>
    div, p, span{
        padding: 30px;
        display: block;        
        border: 3px solid #999;
<script src=""></script>
        alert("You've clicked: " + + ", id: " +;
    <div id="myDiv">
        <p id="myP">
            <span id="mySpan">Just click anywhere.</span>