HTML onpaste Attribute

HTML onpaste Attribute

Definition and Usage

The onpaste attribute fires when the user pastes some content in an element.

Note: Although the onpaste attribute is supported by all HTML elements, it is not actually possible to paste some content in, for example, a <p> element, UNLESS the element has set contenteditable to "true" (See "More Examples" below).

Tip: The onpaste attribute is mostly used on <input> elements with type="text".

Tip: There are three ways to paste some content in an element:

  • Press CTRL + V
  • Select "Paste" from the Edit menu in your browser
  • Right click to display the context menu and select the "Paste" command

Applies to

The onpaste attribute is part of the Event Attributes, and can be used on any HTML elements.

Elements Event
All HTML elements onpaste


Input Example

Execute a JavaScript when pasting some text in an <input> element:

<input type="text" onpaste="myFunction()" value="Paste something in here">
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P Example

Execute a JavaScript when pasting some text in a <p> element (Note that contenteditable is set to "true"):

<p contenteditable="true" onpaste="myFunction()">Try to paste something inside this paragraph.</p>
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Browser Support

Event Attribute
onpaste Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes