FastClick is a simple, easy-to-use library for eliminating the 300ms delay between a physical tap and the firing of a
click event on mobile browsers. The aim is to make your application feel less laggy and more responsive while avoiding any interference with your current logic.
FastClick is developed by FT Labs, part of the Financial Times.
Why does the delay exist?
According to Google:
...mobile browsers will wait approximately 300ms from the time that you tap the button to fire the click event. The reason for this is that the browser is waiting to see if you are actually performing a double tap.
The library has been deployed as part of the FT Web App and is tried and tested on the following mobile browsers:
- Mobile Safari on iOS 3 and upwards
- Chrome on iOS 5 and upwards
- Chrome on Android (ICS)
- Opera Mobile 11.5 and upwards
- Android Browser since Android 2
- PlayBook OS 1 and upwards
When it isn't needed
FastClick doesn't attach any listeners on desktop browsers.
Chrome 32+ on Android with
width=device-width in the viewport meta tag doesn't have a 300ms delay, therefore listeners aren't attached.
Same goes for Chrome on Android (all versions) with
user-scalable=no in the viewport meta tag. But be aware that
user-scalable=no also disables pinch zooming, which may be an accessibility concern.
For IE11+, you can use
touch-action: manipulation; to disable double-tap-to-zoom on certain elements (like links and buttons). For IE10 use
The script must be loaded prior to instantiating FastClick on any element of the page.
To instantiate FastClick on the
body, which is the recommended method of use:
if 'addEventListener' in documentdocument;
Or, if you're using jQuery:
If you're using Browserify or another CommonJS-style module system, the
FastClick.attach function will be returned when you call
require('fastclick'). As a result, the easiest way to use FastClick with these loaders is as follows:
var attachFastClick = ;;
make to build a minified version of FastClick using the Closure Compiler REST API. The minified file is saved to
build/fastclick.min.js or you can download a pre-minified version.
Note: the pre-minified version is built using our build service which exposes the
FastClick object through
Origami.fastclick and will have the Browserify/CommonJS API (see above).
var attachFastClick = Origamifastclick;;
FastClick has AMD (Asynchronous Module Definition) support. This allows it to be lazy-loaded with an AMD loader, such as RequireJS. Note that when using the AMD style require, the full
FastClick object will be returned, not
var FastClick = ;FastClick;
Ignore certain elements with
Sometimes you need FastClick to ignore certain elements. You can do this easily by adding the
Ignored by FastClick
Use case 1: non-synthetic click required
Internally, FastClick uses
document.createEvent to fire a synthetic
click event as soon as
touchend is fired by the browser. It then suppresses the additional
click event created by the browser after that. In some cases, the non-synthetic
click event created by the browser is required, as described in the triggering focus example.
This is where the
needsclick class comes in. Add the class to any element that requires a non-synthetic click.
Use case 2: Twitter Bootstrap 2.2.2 dropdowns
Another example of when to use the
needsclick class is with dropdowns in Twitter Bootstrap 2.2.2. Bootstrap add its own
touchstart listener for dropdowns, so you want to tell FastClick to ignore those. If you don't, touch devices will automatically close the dropdown as soon as it is clicked, because both FastClick and Bootstrap execute the synthetic click, one opens the dropdown, the second closes it immediately after.
FastClick is designed to cope with many different browser oddities. Here are some examples to illustrate this:
- basic use showing the increase in perceived responsiveness
- triggering focus on an input element from a
- input element which never receives clicks but gets fast focus
There are no automated tests. The files in
tests/ are manual reduced test cases. We've had a think about how best to test these cases, but they tend to be very browser/device specific and sometimes subjective which means it's not so trivial to test.
Credits and collaboration
FastClick is maintained by Rowan Beentje, Matthew Caruana Galizia and Matthew Andrews at FT Labs. All open source code released by FT Labs is licenced under the MIT licence. We welcome comments, feedback and suggestions. Please feel free to raise an issue or pull request.