HTMLElement: change event

The change event is fired for <input>, <select>, and <textarea> elements when an alteration to the element's value is committed by the user. Unlike the input event, the change event is not necessarily fired for each alteration to an element's value.

Bubbles Yes
Cancelable No
Interface Event
Event handler property onchange

Depending on the kind of element being changed and the way the user interacts with the element, the change event fires at a different moment:

The HTML specification lists the <input> types that should fire the change event.


<select> element


<label>Choose an ice cream flavor:
  <select class="ice-cream" name="ice-cream">
    <option value="">Select One …</option>
    <option value="chocolate">Chocolate</option>
    <option value="sardine">Sardine</option>
    <option value="vanilla">Vanilla</option>

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


const selectElement = document.querySelector('.ice-cream');

selectElement.addEventListener('change', (event) => {
  const result = document.querySelector('.result');
  result.textContent = `You like ${}`;


Text input element

For some elements, including <input type="text">, the change event doesn't fire until the control loses focus. Try entering something into the field below, and then click somewhere else to trigger the event.


<input placeholder="Enter some text" name="name"/>
<p id="log"></p>


const input = document.querySelector('input');
const log = document.getElementById('log');

input.addEventListener('change', updateValue);

function updateValue(e) {
  log.textContent =;



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

Browser compatibility

ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
onchangeChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 9Opera Full support 9Safari Full support 3WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support 10.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0


Full support
Full support

Different browsers do not always agree whether a change event should be fired for certain types of interaction. For example, keyboard navigation in <select> elements never fired a change event in Gecko until the user hit Enter or switched the focus away from the <select> (see bug 126379). Since Firefox 63 (Quantum), this behavior is consistent between all major browsers, however.

See also