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Drag-Drop (@peter.naydenov/drag-drop)


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Platform independent "drag and drop" module. It's a try to simplify and automate drag and drop functionality as it possible.

Minimal requirements for start a drag-drop is:

  • Drag nodes should have property draggable="true";
  • Define nodes that can become drop targets. Default style is dropzone;
  • Call dragDrop () function and your drag and drop is already works;

Module drag-drop has settings and hooks that can customize your drag and drop experience.


Node based project

Install drag-drop as a npm package:

npm i @peter.naydenov/drag-drop

Use package in javascript project:

import dragDrop from '@peter.naydenov/drag-drop'
dragDrop ();

UMD Module

Find the UMD module in "/dist" folder - /dist/drag-drop.umd.js. Add link to your HTML code. Function dragDrop() is available as global variable.

  <script src="/dist/drag-drop.umd.js"></script>
      dragDrop ()

ES Module

Find the ES module in "/dist" folder - /dist/drag-drop.es.js. Add a script tag, import the module and use it.

      import dragDrop from '/dist/drag-drop.es.js'
      dragDrop ()

How to use it

When function dragDrop() is available for your project just call it: dragDrop(). The function receives a configuration object as an argument but it is not required. By modifing configuration props and hooks you can modify the behaviour of the drag-drop module.

If you need to control a parameters of the the module during code execution, function will return a promise. Promise will resolve with the dragAPI object.

const config = {
                  dropStyle : 'zones'
                , draggedTransperency : 0.3
dragDrop ( config )
    .then ( dragAPI => {
                    // drag API is available. 

Configuration Object

Here is the configuration keys available and their default values. For keys that are not provided, drag-drop will use the default ones.

  dropStyle            : 'dropzone'   // CSS class name for drop zones
, draggedTransperency  : 0.5          // Transperency of dragged DOM element
, activeZoneStyle      : 'actZone'    // Active drop zone style name.
, selectStyle          : 'dd-select'  // CSS class name for selected drag elements
, dependencies         : {} // Object will be available as prop in the hook functions. Available after version 0.4.0

, onStartDragging : f   // A hook. [function]
, onDrop          : f   // A hook. [function]
, ignoreSelect    : f   // Control places where you can start dragging a selection.


Hooks are function placeholders in configuration object. If they are defined, default behaviour on the event will be overwritten with the hooks. List of available hooks:

   onStartDragging : 'Define what to happen on start dragging'
 , onDrop          : 'Define what should happen on dropping in a drop-zone'
 , onDropOut       : 'Define what should happen on dropping outside of the drop-zones'

Content of default hooks is available in src/hooks folder. Feel free to use this code as starting point of your custom hooks.

Drag-drop API

Simpler way to use drag-drop is just to call a dragDrop function.

 dragDrop ( config )

Function call returns a promise. Methods are coming as result of this promise:

 let dragControl;
 dragDrop ( config )
    .then ( api => dragControl = api )

Here is the list of methods provided in drag-drop api:

  changeConfig   // Change configuration
, destroy       // Remove 'drag-drop' from the memory.
, disable       // Disable 'drag-drop' for a while
, enable        // Enable 'drag-drop' 

Questions and Answers

  1. Can I create custom drag object?

    • Yes. Take a look at hook onStartDragging. Event argument contains property dataTransfer. By using event.dataTransfer.setData () you can set your drag object to whatever you want. For more information you can read the official documentation;
  2. Is it possible to drag multiple items?

    • Yes. With module drag-drop is possible to select multiple items from different containers. Drag a already selected item will keep the selection available during drop event. The hook onDrop will take care of the result of drag and drop. The hook receives parameters like selection and log that can be used in customized hooks.


Drag-drop was created by Peter Naydenov


Drag-drop is released under the MIT license



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