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jQuery multiple events to trigger the same function

shaneburgess Published in 2010-03-28 18:53:57Z

Is there a way to have keyup, keypress, blur, and change events call the same function in one line or do I have to do them separately?

The problem I have is that I need to validate some data with a db lookup and would like to make sure that there is no way that the validation is missed weather it is typed or pasted into the box.

Tatu Ulmanen
Tatu Ulmanen Reply to 2015-11-04 00:14:24Z

You can use .on() to bind a function to multiple events:

$('#element').on('keyup keypress blur change', function(e) {
    // e.type is the type of event fired

Or just pass the function as the parameter to normal event functions:

var myFunction = function() {

Giorgi Reply to 2010-03-28 18:55:40Z

You can use bind method to attach function to several events. Just pass the event names and the handler function as in this code:

$('#foo').bind('mouseenter mouseleave', function() {

Another option is to use chaining support of jquery api.

Dave Ward
Dave Ward Reply to 2010-03-28 19:33:37Z

If you attach the same event handler to several events, you often run into the issue of more than one of them firing at once (e.g. user presses tab after editing; keydown, change, and blur might all fire).

It sounds like what you actually want is something like this:

$('#ValidatedInput').keydown(function(evt) {
  // If enter is pressed
  if (evt.keyCode === 13) {

    // If changes have been made to the input's value, 
    //  blur() will result in a change event being fired.

$('#ValidatedInput').change(function(evt) {
  var valueToValidate = this.value;

  // Your validation callback/logic here.
bluish Reply to 2013-06-11 06:48:38Z

As of jQuery 1.7, the .on() method is the preferred method for attaching event handlers to a document. For earlier versions, the .bind() method is used for attaching an event handler directly to elements.

$(document).on('mouseover mouseout',".brand", function () {
Alain Tiemblo
Alain Tiemblo Reply to 2013-05-14 22:00:49Z

I was looking for a way to get the event type when jQuery listens for several events at once, and Google put me here.

So, for those interested, event.type is my answer :

$('#element').on('keyup keypress blur change', function(event) {
    alert(event.type); // keyup OR keypress OR blur OR change

More info in the jQuery doc.

Sajjad Ashraf
Sajjad Ashraf Reply to 2014-11-09 12:46:30Z

This is how i do it.

            "change keyup": function(e){
                var slug = $(this).val().split(" ").join("-").toLowerCase();
Squazz Reply to 2015-04-07 08:57:03Z

The answer by Tatu is how I would intuitively do it, but I have experienced some problems in Internet Explorer with this way of nesting/binding the events, even though it is done through the .on() method.

I havn't been able to pinpoint exactly which versions of jQuery this is the problem with. But I sometimes see the problem in the following versions:

  • 2.0.2
  • 1.10.1
  • 1.6.4
  • Mobile 1.3.0b1
  • Mobile 1.4.2
  • Mobile 1.2.0

My workaround have been to first define the function,

function myFunction() {

and then handle the events individually

// Call individually due to IE not handling binds properly
$(window).on("scroll", myFunction);
$(window).on("resize", myFunction);

This is not the prettiest solution, but it works for me, and I thought I would put it out there to help others that might stumble upon this issue

KyleMit Reply to 2016-03-31 18:08:28Z

You could define the function that you would like to reuse as below:

var foo = function() {...}

And later you can set however many event listeners you want on your object to trigger that function using on('event') leaving a space in between as shown below:

$('#selector').on('keyup keypress blur change paste cut', foo);
Commercial Suicide
Commercial Suicide Reply to 2017-09-26 19:16:49Z

"Is there a way to have keyup, keypress, blur, and change events call the same function in one line?"

It's possible using .on(), which accepts the following structure: .on( events [, selector ] [, data ], handler ), so you can pass multiple events to this method. In your case it should look like this:

$('#target').on('keyup keypress blur change', function(e) {
    // "e" is an event, you can detect the type of event using "e.type"

And here is the live example:

$('#target').on('keyup keypress blur change', function(e) {
  console.log(`"${e.type.toUpperCase()}" event happened`)
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<input id="target">

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