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tap eventversion added: 1.0

Description: Triggered after a quick, complete touch event.

  • jQuery( ".selector" ).on( "tap", function( event ) { ... } )

The jQuery Mobile tap event triggers after a quick, complete touch event that occurs on a single target object. It is the gesture equivalent of a standard click event that is triggered on the release state of the touch gesture.

This plugin extends jQuery's built-in method. If jQuery Mobile is not loaded, calling the .tap() method may not fail directly, as the method still exists. However, the expected behavior will not occur.

Warning: Use tap with caution

Tap makes use of vclick and therefore should be used with caution on touch devices. See the vclick API documentation for more details.


A simple example of the capturing and acting upon a tap event

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
  <title>tap demo</title>
  <link rel="stylesheet" href="//code.jquery.com/mobile/1.4.5/jquery.mobile-1.4.5.min.css">
  <script src="//code.jquery.com/jquery-1.10.2.min.js"></script>
  <script src="//code.jquery.com/mobile/1.4.5/jquery.mobile-1.4.5.min.js"></script>
  html, body { padding: 0; margin: 0; }
  html, .ui-mobile, .ui-mobile body {
    height: 85px;
  .ui-mobile, .ui-mobile .ui-page {
    min-height: 85px;
  #nav {
    font-size: 200%;
    margin:17px auto 0 auto;
  #nav a {
    color: #777;
    border: 2px solid #777;
    background-color: #ccc;
    padding: 0.2em 0.6em;
    text-decoration: none;
    float: left;
    margin-right: 0.3em;
  #nav a:hover {
    color: #999;
    border-color: #999;
    background: #eee;
  #nav a.selected,
  #nav a.selected:hover {
    color: #0a0;
    border-color: #0a0;
    background: #afa;
  div.box {
    width: 3em;
    height: 3em;
    background-color: #108040;
  div.box.tap {
    background-color: #7ACEF4;
<h3>Tap the green square to see the above code applied:</h3>
<div class="box"></div>
  $( "div.box" ).bind( "tap", tapHandler );
  function tapHandler( event ){
    $( event.target ).addClass( "tap" );


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