Listening for Changes To An Element Property

Recently I decided to see if I could figure out when a .value call was made to an <input> element. Essentially, create a way to “observe” when a property changes on a native element.

After far too much searching, and way too many StackOverflow posts, even asking ChatGPT just out of curiosity, everyone recommended using MutationObserver, but this doesn’t account for properties that don’t “reflect” to an attribute.

I can’t even find the StackOverflow post I referenced, but finally, I made it to this point:

const input = document.querySelector("input");

// Get the original "descriptor"
const originalDescriptor = Object.getOwnPropertyDescriptor(

// Redefine "value" to be a getter / setter.
Object.defineProperty (input, "value", {
  get () {
    // Call the "get" of the "originalDescriptor"
  set (val) {
    this.dispatchEvent(new Event("input", { bubbles: true }))

    // Call the "setter" of the "originalDescriptor" so that the `<input>` element updates properly., val);

What is the above code doing? Anytime input.value = "" is called, it will send an "input" event just like you would expect if you were typing into the element.

After sharing the codepen above, someone else linked me the following article forum post I originally did not discover when searching.

Use cases? Maybe none. I mostly wanted to see if I could. If you find some use-cases, let me know! I’d love to hear them!