PixiJS Interactive

February 21, 2017 - Søren Alsbjerg Hørup

Interacting with Pixi v4 objects, such as mouse clicks or taps, can be done by setting the interactive flag to true. The documentation related to Pixi v4’s interaction was a bit scarce - it took me some time to figure this out.

obj.interactive = true;

This instructs the Pixi engine that the object can be interacted with. It is then possible to attach even handlers to the object:

obj.on("mousedown", (e:PIXI.interaction.InteractionEvent) =>

Similarly, when on a touch-enabled device, one can attach touch events such as touchstart:

obj.on("touchstart", (e:PIXI.interaction.InteractionEvent)=>

I had some issues regarding PIXI.Graphics where my touch/click events would not be registrered. The issue was due to the hitArea being zero. Apparently, one has to manually set hitArea on a PIXI.Graphics instances:

graphics.hitArea = new PIXI.Rectangle(0, 0, width, height);

PixiJS is really simple to use when it comes to its interactive abilities.