This feature is non-standard and is not on a standards track. Do not use it on production sites facing the Web: it will not work for every user. There may also be large incompatibilities between implementations and the behavior may change in the future.

The DataTransfer.addElement() method sets the drag source to the given element. This element will be the element to which drag and dragend events are fired, and not the defaut target (the node that was dragged).

Note: This method is Gecko-specific.


void dataTransfer.addElement(el);


The Element to set as the drag source.

Return value



This example shows the use of the addElement() method

function change_drag_node(event, node)
  var dt = event.dataTransfer;


This method is not defined in any Web standard.

Browser compatibility

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Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
No support No support (Yes) No support No support No support
Feature Android Android Webview Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support No support No support ? ? No support No support No support

[1]Partial support refers to not supporting .setDragImage []

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