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Published on Feb 28, 2022

Adding a Class to a Parent when Child is Hovered using JavaScript

Sridhar Katakam

If you have a grid of cards where each card is a hyperlink in itself (or as the immediate and only child) it is straightforward to add CSS to say, move the card up when it’s hovered.

But what if the anchor element (or any other element for that matter) is present as a nested child element in the structure and you want to add a class of hovered on the corresponding card parent when that child element is hovered? This can be done using the following JavaScript:

document.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", (event) => {
  const videoCardLinks = document.querySelectorAll(".video-card__link");

  videoCardLinks.forEach((el) => {
    el.addEventListener("mouseover", (e) => {
    el.addEventListener("mouseout", (e) => {

With the above JS, we are looping through all the .video-card__link DOM elements and for each, attaching a couple of event listeners – one to locate the closest parent having the video-card class and add hovered class when the mouse is over it (incl. its child elements) and another to locate the closest parent having the video-card class and remove hovered class when the mouse is out of it (incl. its child elements).