Polyfill to remove click delays on browsers with touch UIs

View the Project on GitHub ftlabs/fastclick


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.


The library has been deployed as part of the FT Web App and is tried and tested on the following mobile browsers:

FastClick doesn't attach any listeners on desktop browsers as it is not needed. Those that have been tested are:


Include fastclick.js in your JavaScript bundle or add it to your HTML page like this:

<script type='application/javascript' src='/path/to/fastclick.js'></script>

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:

window.addEventListener('load', function() {
    new FastClick(document.body);
}, false);


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.


FastClick is designed to cope with many different browser oddities. Here are some examples to illustrate this:

Google Closure Compiler

FastClick supports compilation with ADVANCED_OPTIMIZATIONS ('advanced mode'), which should reduce its size by about 70% (60% gzipped). Note that exposure of the FastClick variable isn't forced therefore you must compile it along with all of your code.

Credits and collaboration

The lead developer of FastClick is Rowan Beentje at FT Labs. This fork is currently maintained by Matthew Caruana Galizia, also 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. Enjoy.