The inputType read-only property of the InputEvent interface returns the type of change made to editible content. Possible changes include for example inserting, deleting, and formatting text.


var aString = inputEvent.inputType;


A DOMString containing the type of input that was made. There are many possible values, such as insertText, deleteContentBackward, insertFromPaste, and formatBold. For a complete list of the available input types, see the Attributes section of the Input Events Level 1 spec.


This example logs the inputType for input events on an editable <div>.


<p id="log">Input type: </p>
<div contenteditable="true" style="margin: 20px;padding: 20px;border:2px dashed red;">
  <p>Some sample text. Try inserting line breaks, or deleting text in different ways, or pasting different content in.</p>
    <li>A sample</li>
  <p>Another paragraph.</p>


const log = document.getElementById('log');
const editable = document.querySelector('div[contenteditable]');
editable.addEventListener('input', logInputType);

function logInputType(event) {
  log.textContent = `Input type: ${event.inputType}`;


Try editing the text inside the <div> and see what happens.

Note: See also Masayuki Nakano's InputEvent test suite for a more detailed example.


Specification Status Comment
Input Events Level 2
The definition of 'inputType' in that specification.
Working Draft New version of the spec.
The definition of 'inputType' in that specification.
Unknown Initial definition. Browsers currently seem to implement this version.

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Chrome Full support 60Edge No support NoFirefox Full support 66IE No support NoOpera Full support 47Safari Full support 10.1WebView Android Full support 60Chrome Android Full support 60Firefox Android Full support 66Opera Android Full support 44Safari iOS Full support 10.1Samsung Internet Android Full support Yes
insertFromPasteAsQuotation input type
Chrome No support NoEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 67IE No support NoOpera No support NoSafari ? WebView Android No support NoChrome Android No support NoFirefox Android Full support 67Opera Android No support NoSafari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android No support No


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