Find coordinates of an HTML5 Canvas (click) event, with borders

There are a lot of answers, here on stackoverflow, on how to get the coordinates of an event on a Canvas Element, relative to the Canvas itself. I'm using the following solution (getEventPosition) and it works well, except from when I add a border to my canvas:

/**** This solution gives me an offset equal to the border size
 **** when the canvas has a border. Example:
 **** <canvas style='border: 10px solid black; background: #333;' id='gauge_canvas' width='500' height='500'></canvas>

// Get DOM element position on page
this.getPosition = function(obj) {
    var x = 0, y = 0;
    if (obj.offsetParent) {
        do {
            x += obj.offsetLeft;
            y += obj.offsetTop;
            obj = obj.offsetParent;
        } while (obj);
    return {'x': x, 'y': y};

// Get mouse event position in DOM element (don't know how to use scale yet).
this.getEventPosition = function(e, obj, aux_e, scale) {

    var evt, docX, docY, pos;

    evt = (e ? e : window.event);
    if (evt.pageX || evt.pageY) {
        docX = evt.pageX;
        docY = evt.pageY;
    } else if (evt.clientX || evt.clientY) {
        docX = evt.clientX + document.body.scrollLeft +
        docY = evt.clientY + document.body.scrollTop +
    // This works on hammer.js
    else if (typeof aux_e !== 'undefined') {
        docX = aux_e.touches[0].x;
        docY = aux_e.touches[0].y;
    pos = this.getPosition(obj);
    if (typeof scale === 'undefined') {
        scale = 1;
    return {'x': (docX - pos.x) / scale, 'y': (docY - pos.y) / scale};

Since this code belongs to my library and can take whatever canvas element an user gives it, when an user gives the library a bordered canvas, things break up. Is there a solution taking borders in account?


Here's what I've been using for my latest experimentation.

var stylePaddingLeft = parseInt(document.defaultView.getComputedStyle(can, undefined)['paddingLeft'], 10) || 0;
var stylePaddingTop = parseInt(document.defaultView.getComputedStyle(can, undefined)['paddingTop'], 10) || 0;
var styleBorderLeft = parseInt(document.defaultView.getComputedStyle(can, undefined)['borderLeftWidth'], 10) || 0;
var styleBorderTop = parseInt(document.defaultView.getComputedStyle(can, undefined)['borderTopWidth'], 10) || 0;
var html = document.body.parentNode;
var htmlTop = html.offsetTop;
var htmlLeft = html.offsetLeft;

function getMouse(e) {
    var element = can,
        offsetX = 0,
        offsetY = 0,
        mx, my;

    // Compute the total offset
    if (element.offsetParent !== undefined) {
        do {
            offsetX += element.offsetLeft;
            offsetY += element.offsetTop;
        } while ((element = element.offsetParent));

    // Add padding and border style widths to offset
    // Also add the <html> offsets in case there's a position:fixed bar
    offsetX += stylePaddingLeft + styleBorderLeft + htmlLeft;
    offsetY += stylePaddingTop + styleBorderTop + htmlTop;

    mx = e.pageX - offsetX;
    my = e.pageY - offsetY;

    // We return a simple javascript object (a hash) with x and y defined
    return {
        x: mx,
        y: my

It works with any border and padding and also works on pages that shim in an object that offsets the HTML (like the stumbleupon bar). It also works if the browser is zoomed.

It seems to work fine on touch devices too.

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