What is HTML5 Drag and Drop

In this article I have described about the Drag and Drop API is one of the most important part of HTML5 API.
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Drag and Drop

  • Drag and Drop is very important and common feature to make any application more interactive and  become a part of HTML5 standard.
  • It makes easy to grab an item and drag the item to the different location.
  • Drag and drop is part of the standard In HTML5 that states that any element can be draggable.
  • Drag and drop is powerful User Interface concept which makes it easy to copy, reorder and deletion of items with the help of mouse clicks.
  • HTML 5 is supported by all the major browsers like Chrome, Firefox 3.5 and Safari 4 etc.


  1. We have to set the draggable attribute to true to make an element draggable.

    <img draggable="true" / >
  2. The ondragover event specifies where the dragged data can be dropped.

Browser Support

Following are the browsers that support the Drag and Drop  element

  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari 5

Note - Drag and drop does not work in Safari 5.1.2.

Drag and Drop example

<title>Drag-n-Drop demo</title>
#section1, #section3 {float:left; width:165px; height:165px; padding:20px; margin:10px}
#section1 { background-color: #00ff00; }
#section2 { background-color: #0ff000; }
#dragMe1, #dragMe2, #dragMe3 { width:100px; height:30px; padding:5px; margin:5px; }
<script type="text/javascript">
function dragStart(e) {
        e.dataTransfer.setData("Text", e.target.getAttribute('id'));
        return true;
function dragEnd(e) {
        return true
function dragEnter(e) {
        var idelt = e.dataTransfer.getData("Text");
        return true;
function dragOver(e) {
        var articleID = e.dataTransfer.getData("Text");
        var sectionId = e.target.getAttribute('id');
        if( articleID=="dragMe3" || sectionId == "section1" || (sectionId == "section2" && articleID == "dragMe1") ||
                (sectionId == "section3" && articleID == "dragMe2") )
                return false;

                return true;
function dragDrop(e) {
        var idelt = e.dataTransfer.getData("Text");
        return false; 
<h1>Example of Drag-n-drop </h1>
<article id="mainText"> <b>please select the text from box and drag them outside the box </b> </article>
<section id="section1" ondragenter="return dragEnter(event)" ondrop="return dragDrop(event)" ondragover="return dragOver(event)">
        <article id="dragMe1" draggable="true" ondragstart="return dragStart(event)" ondragend="return dragEnd(event)"><b>Drag The Following</b></article>
  <article id="dragMe2" draggable="true" ondragstart="return dragStart(event)" ondragend="return dragEnd(event)">mcn it solution</article>
        <article id="dragMe3" draggable="true" ondragstart="return dragStart(event)" ondragend="return dragEnd(event)">csharpcorner.com</article>
<section id="section3" ondragenter="return dragEnter(event)" ondrop="return dragDrop(event)" ondragover="return dragOver(event)"></section>
When we run this program the output is as follow 
When we select the items and drag them outside the box the output is as follow  

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