How to get the position of an element relative to the parent using jQuery

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Answer: Use the jQuery position() method

You can easily find the position of an element relative to the offset parent using the jQuery position() method. It is only applicable for the visible elements. That means, you can get the position of elements with visibility: hidden; but not with display: none;.

  • <!DOCTYPE html>
  • <html lang="en">
  • <head>
  • <meta charset="utf-8">
  • <title>jQuery Find Element's Position Relative to the Parent</title>
  • <style type="text/css">
  •      #box{
  •         width:150px;
  •         height:100px;
  •         background: orange;
  •     }
  •     .container{
  •         margin: 20px;
  •         padding: 30px;
  •         border: 2px solid #666;
  •         position: relative;
  •     }
  • </style>
  • <script type="text/javascript" src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery.js"></script>
  • <script type="text/javascript">
  •     $(document).ready(function() {
  •         $("button").click(function(){
  •             var position = $("#box").position();
  •             alert("Current position of the box is: (left: " + position.left + ", top: " + position.top + ")");
  •         });
  •     });
  • </script>
  • </head>
  • <body>
  •     <div class="container">
  •         <button type="button">Get Box Position</button>
  •         <p><strong>Note:</strong> Play with the value of container's padding property or insert more content inside container to see how the jQuery position() method works.</p>
  •         <div id="box"></div>
  •     </div>
  • </body>
  • </html>

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