How to distinguish between left and right mouse click with jQuery

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How do you obtain the clicked mouse button using jQuery?

$('div').bind('click', function(){
    alert('clicked');
});

this is triggered by both right and left click, what is the way of being able to catch right mouse click? I’d be happy if something like below exists:

$('div').bind('rightclick', function(){ 
    alert('right mouse button is pressed');
});

First answer

As of jQuery version 1.1.3, event.which normalizes event.keyCode and event.charCode so you don’t have to worry about browser compatibility issues. Documentation on event.which

event.which will give 1, 2 or 3 for left, middle and right mouse buttons respectively so:

$('#element').mousedown(function(event) {
    switch (event.which) {
        case 1:
            alert('Left Mouse button pressed.');
            break;
        case 2:
            alert('Middle Mouse button pressed.');
            break;
        case 3:
            alert('Right Mouse button pressed.');
            break;
        default:
            alert('You have a strange Mouse!');
    }
});

Second answer

You can easily tell which mouse button was pressed by checking the which property of the event object on mouse events:

/*
  1 = Left   mouse button
  2 = Centre mouse button
  3 = Right  mouse button
*/

$([selector]).mousedown(function(e) {
    if (e.which === 3) {
        /* Right mouse button was clicked! */
    }
});

Third answer

You can also bind to contextmenu and return false:

$('selector').bind('contextmenu', function(e){
    e.preventDefault();
    //code
    return false;
});

Demo: http://jsfiddle.net/maniator/WS9S2/

Or you can make a quick plugin that does the same:

(function( $ ) {
  $.fn.rightClick = function(method) {

    $(this).bind('contextmenu rightclick', function(e){
        e.preventDefault();
        method();
        return false;
    });

  };
})( jQuery );

Demo: http://jsfiddle.net/maniator/WS9S2/2/


Using .on(...) jQuery >= 1.7:

$(document).on("contextmenu", "selector", function(e){
    e.preventDefault();
    //code
    return false;
});  //does not have to use `document`, it could be any container element.

Demo: http://jsfiddle.net/maniator/WS9S2/283/

Reprint:https://stackoverflow.com/questions/1206203/how-to-distinguish-between-left-and-right-mouse-click-with-jquery
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