Listen to and launch events

Listen to events

Event processing is done in the cc.Node. Components can register and monitor events by visiting the node this.node. Listen to events can be registered by the function this.node.on(). The methods are as follows:

  extends: cc.Component,

  properties: {

  onLoad: function () {
    this.node.on('mousedown', function ( event ) {

What's worth mentioning is that the event listener function on can pass to the third parameter target to bind the caller of the response function. The following two calling methods have the same effect:

// bind using the function
this.node.on('mousedown', function ( event ) {
  this.enabled = false;

// use the third parameter
this.node.on('mousedown', function (event) {
  this.enabled = false;
}, this);

Besides listening with on, we can also use the once method. The once listener will shut the event being listened to after the listener function responds.

Shut listener

We can shut the corresponding event listener using off when we don't care about a certain event anymore. One thing to note is that the parameter of off must be in one-to-one correspondence with the parameter of on in order to shut it.

Below are what we recommend you to put in:

  extends: cc.Component,

  _sayHello: function () {
    console.log('Hello World');

  onEnable: function () {
    this.node.on('foobar', this._sayHello, this);

  onDisable: function () {'foobar', this._sayHello, this);

Launch event

We can launch an event using two ways: emit and dispatchEvent. The difference between these two is that the latter can do the event delivery. Let's get to know the emit event through a simple example:

  extends: cc.Component,

  onLoad () {
    // args are optional param.
    this.node.on('say-hello', function (msg) {

  start () {
    // At most 5 args could be emit.
    this.node.emit('say-hello', 'Hello, this is Cocos Creator');

Event delivery

Events launched by the dispatchEvent method mentioned above would enter the event delivery stage. In Cocos Creator's event delivery system, we use bubble delivery. Bubble delivery will pass the event from the initiating node continually on to its parent node until it gets to the root node or is interruptedly processed by event.stopPropagation() in the response function of some node.


As shown in the picture above, when we send the event “foobar” from node c, if both node a and b listen to the event“foobar”, the event will pass to node b and a from c. For example:

// In the component script of node c
this.node.dispatchEvent( new cc.Event.EventCustom('foobar', true) );

If we want to stop the event delivery after node b intercepts the event, we can call the function event.stopPropagation() to do this. Detailed methods are as follows:

// In the component script of node b
this.node.on('foobar', function (event) {

Be noted, when you want to dispatch a custom event, please do not use cc.Event because it's an abstract class, instead, you should use cc.Event.EventCustom to dispatch a custom event.

Event object

In the call-back of the event listener, the developer will receive an event object event of the cc.Event type. stopPropagation is the standard API of cc.Event, other important API include:

API name type meaning
type String type of the event (event name)
target cc.Node primary object received by the event
currentTarget cc.Node current object receiving the event; current object of the event in the bubble stage may be different from the primary object
getType Funciton get the type of the event
stopPropagation Function stop the bubble stage, the event will no longer pass on to the parent node while the rest of the listeners of the current node will still receive the event
stopPropagationImmediate Function stop delivering the event. The event will not pass on to the parent node and the rest of the listeners of the current node
getCurrentTarget Function get the target node that is currently receiving the event
detail Function custom event information(belongs to cc.Event.EventCustom
setUserData Function set custom event information(belongs to cc.Event.EventCustom
getUserData Function get custom event information(belongs to cc.Event.EventCustom

You can refer to the cc.Event and API files of its child category for a complete API list.

System built-in event

Above are the general rules for listening to events and emitting events. Cocos Creator has built in system events. You can refer to the following documents:

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