Avoid dropdown menu close on click inside

05/07/2020 09:00:02

I have a Twitter Bootstrap dropdown menu. As all Twitter Bootstrap users know, the dropdown menu closes on click (even clicking inside it).

To avoid this, I can easily attach a click event handler on the dropdown menu and simply add the famous event.stopPropagation().

<ul class="nav navbar-nav">
  <li class="dropdown mega-dropdown">
    <a href="javascript:;" class="dropdown-toggle" data-toggle="dropdown">
      <i class="fa fa-list-alt"></i> Menu item 1
      <span class="fa fa-chevron-down pull-right"></span>
    <ul class="dropdown-menu mega-dropdown-menu">
        <div id="carousel" class="carousel slide" data-ride="carousel">
          <ol class="carousel-indicators">
            <li data-slide-to="0" data-target="#carousel"></li>
            <li class="active" data-slide-to="1" data-target="#carousel"></li>
          <div class="carousel-inner">
            <div class="item">
              <img alt="" class="img-rounded" src="img1.jpg">
            <div class="item active">
              <img alt="" class="img-rounded" src="img2.jpg">
          <a data-slide="prev" role="button" href="#carousel" 
             class="left carousel-control">
            <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-chevron-left"></span>
          <a data-slide="next" role="button" href="#carousel" 
             class="right carousel-control">
            <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-chevron-right"></span>

This looks easy and a very common behavior, however, and since carousel-controls (as well as carousel indicators) event handlers are delegated to the document object, the click event on these elements (prev/next controls, ...) will be “ignored”.

$('ul.dropdown-menu.mega-dropdown-menu').on('click', function(event){
    // The event won't be propagated up to the document NODE and 
    // therefore delegated events won't be fired

Relying on Twitter Bootstrap dropdown hide/hidden events is not a solution for the following reasons:

  • The provided event object for both event handlers does not give reference to the clicked element
  • I don't have control over the dropdown menu content so adding a flag class or attribute is not possible

This fiddle is the normal behavior and this fiddle is with event.stopPropagation() added.


Thanks to Roman for his answer. I also found an answer that you can find below.

Verified Answer (370 Votes)

08/08/2014 09:32:59

Removing the data attribute data-toggle="dropdown" and implementing the open/close of the dropdown can be a solution.

First by handling the click on the link to open/close the dropdown like this :

$('li.dropdown.mega-dropdown a').on('click', function (event) {

and then listening the clicks outside of the dropdown to close it like this :

$('body').on('click', function (e) {
    if (!$('li.dropdown.mega-dropdown').is(e.target) 
        && $('li.dropdown.mega-dropdown').has(e.target).length === 0 
        && $('.open').has(e.target).length === 0
    ) {

Here is the demo : http://jsfiddle.net/RomaLefrancois/hh81rhcm/2/


Answer #2 (323 Votes)

10/03/2015 17:44:33

This should help as well

$(document).on('click', 'someyourContainer .dropdown-menu', function (e) {

Answer #3 (41 Votes)

08/02/2014 03:06:32

Bootstrap provides the following function:

                 | This event is fired immediately when the hide instance method 
hide.bs.dropdown | has been called. The toggling anchor element is available as the 
                 | relatedTarget property of the event.

Therefore, implementing this function should be able to disable the dropdown from closing.

$('#myDropdown').on('hide.bs.dropdown', function (e) {
    var target = $(e.target);
    if(target.hasClass("keepopen") || target.parents(".keepopen").length){
        return false; // returning false should stop the dropdown from hiding.
        return true;
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