HTMLDialogElement: cancel event

The cancel event fires on a <dialog> when the user instructs the browser that they wish to dismiss the current open dialog. For example, the browser might fire this event when the user presses the Esc key or clicks a "Close dialog" button which is part of the browser's UI.

Bubbles No
Cancelable Yes
Interface Event
Event handler oncancel


Live example


<dialog class="example-dialog">
    <button class="close" type="reset">Close</button>

<button class="open-dialog">Open dialog</button>

<div class="result"></div>


const result = document.querySelector('.result');

const dialog = document.querySelector('.example-dialog');

dialog.addEventListener('cancel', (event) => { 
  result.textContent = 'dialog was canceled'; 

const openDialog = document.querySelector('.open-dialog');
openDialog.addEventListener('click', () => {
  if (typeof dialog.showModal === 'function') {
      result.textContent = '';
  } else {
      result.textContent = 'The dialog API is not supported by this browser';

const closeButton = document.querySelector('.close');
closeButton.addEventListener('click', () => {



Specification Status
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'cancel' in that specification.
Living Standard

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
cancel eventChrome Full support YesEdge Full support 79Firefox Full support 78IE No support NoOpera ? Safari No support NoWebView Android No support NoChrome Android No support NoFirefox Android No support NoOpera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android No support No


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