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An implementation of the {{on}} element modifier shown in the Modifiers RFC #353. Heavily inspired by @ember/render-modifiers.


ember install ember-on-modifier


  • Ember.js v2.18 or above
  • ember-cli v2.13 or above


<button {{on "click" this.onClick}}>
  Click me baby, one more time!
import Component from '@ember/component';
import { action } from '@ember-decorators/object';

export default class BritneySpearsComponent extends Component {
  onClick(event: MouseEvent) {
    console.log('I must confess, I still believe.');

The @action decorator is used to bind the onClick method to the component instance. Alternatively, you can use the {{action}} or {{bind}} helper in the template.

This is essentially equivalent to:

didInsertElement() {

  const button = this.element.querySelector('button');
  button.addEventListener('click', this.onClick);

In addition to the above {{on}} will properly tear down the event listener, when the element is removed from the DOM. It will also re-register the event listener, if any of the passed parameters change.

Listening to Multiple Events

You can use the {{on}} modifier multiple times on the same element, even for the same event.

  {{on "click" this.onClick}}
  {{on "click" this.anotherOnClick}}
  {{on "mouseover" this.onMouseEnter}}
  Click me baby, one more time!

Event Options

All named parameters will be passed through to addEventListener as the third parameter, the options hash.

<div {{on "scroll" this.onScroll passive=true}}>
  Lorem Ipsum ...

This is essentially equivalent to:

didInsertElement() {

  const div = this.element.querySelector('div');
  div.addEventListener('scroll', this.onScroll, { passive: true });


To fire an event listener only once, you can pass the once option:

  {{on "click" this.clickOnlyTheFirstTime once=true}}
  {{on "click" this.clickEveryTime}}
  Click me baby, one more time!

clickOnlyTheFirstTime will only be fired the first time the button is clicked. clickEveryTime is fired every time the button is clicked, including the first time.

Internet Explorer 11 Support

Internet Explorer 11 has a buggy and incomplete implementation of addEventListener: It does not accept an options parameter and sometimes even throws a cryptic error when passing options.

This is why this addon ships a tiny ponyfill for addEventLisener that is used internally to emualte the once option and discard any other options. This means that any options other than once will have no effect in IE11, so do not rely on them in your logic, if you need to support IE11.

Currying / Partial Application

If you want to curry the function call / partially apply arguments, you can do so using the {{action}} or {{bind}} helper:

{{#each this.users as |user|}}
  <button {{on "click" (action this.deleteUser user)}}>
    Delete {{}}
import Component from '@ember/component';
import { action } from '@ember-decorators/object';

interface User {
  name: string;

export default class UserListComponent extends Component {
  users: User[] = [{ name: 'Tom Dale' }, { name: 'Yehuda Katz' }];

  deleteUser(user: User, event: MouseEvent) {


This addon ships a prevent-default template helper, that you can use like this:

<a href="/" {{on "click" (prevent-default this.someAction)}}>Click me</a>
<a href="/" {{on "click" this.someAction}} {{on "click" (prevent-default)}}>Click me</a>

This is effectively the same as calling event.preventDefault() in your event handler or using the {{action}} modifier like this:

<a href="/" {{action this.someAction preventDefault=true}}>Click me</a>
You can’t perform that action at this time.