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Vue.js long-press directive

Tags: javascript vue

I was looking for an easy way to incorporate the "long press" event so popular in mobile UI into a web project of mine. In my searching, I came a cross a Vue directive that claimed to do the trick. Well, it certainly did, but I had a few reservations:

  1. It was TypeScript. I only want to be using pure JavaScript in this particular project; no transpilation.
  2. It provided a bit more than I cared about. I only wanted to handle the long press itself. I didn't care about when it started.
  3. There was no default timeout value for the long press detection, and so one would need to be specified anywhere that it was used.
  4. It did not prevent the click event from also triggering on the element, so binding an element to both handlers was not feasible.

I took the directive and shifted it around a bit to meet my own needs. It is now plain JavaScript, deals with a single event type, uses a default timeout value if none is provided, and swallows the click event when the long press is successful. You still have to attach the directive to the element that you want handling a long press event, and so it's a bit verbose in that sense, but you could pretty easily just move the behavior to a global scope rather than a Vue directive (or some combination of the two).

    longPressEvent = new CustomEvent('long-press');

Vue.directive('long-press', {
    bind(el, binding, vnode) {
        el.dataset.longPressTimeout = null;

            onPointerUp = (e) => {
                document.removeEventListener('pointerup', onPointerUp);
            onPointerDown = (e) => {
                document.addEventListener('pointerup', onPointerUp);
                el.addEventListener('click', swallowClick);

                const timeout = setTimeout(
                    () => {
                        if (vnode.componentInstance)

                        el.dataset.elapsed = true;
                    binding.value || LONG_PRESS_DEFAULT_DELAY);

                el.dataset.elapsed = false;
                el.dataset.longPressTimeout = timeout;
            swallowClick = (e) => {
                el.removeEventListener('click', swallowClick);

                if (el.dataset.elapsed !== 'true')
                    return true;


                return false;

        el.$longPressHandler = onPointerDown;
        el.addEventListener('pointerdown', onPointerDown);
    unbind(el) {
        el.removeEventListener('pointerdown', el.$longPressHandler);
<button v-long-press="1000"
    Click or long press (1 second)
<button v-long-press @long-press="someEventHandler()">
    Long press only (default 0.75 seconds)
<button @long-press="someEventHandler()">
    This won't trigger without v-long-press attribute

The original source comes from FeliciousX on GitHub.