DataTransfer.items

The read-only DataTransfer property items property is a list of the data transfer items in a drag operation. The list includes one item for each item in the operation and if the operation had no items, the list is empty.

Syntax

itemList = dataTransfer.items;

Return value

A DataTransferItemList object containing DataTransferItem objects representing the items being dragged in a drag operation, one list item for each object being dragged. If the drag operation had no data, the list is empty.

Example

This example shows the use of the items and types properties.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang=en>
<title>Examples of DataTransfer.{types,items} properties</title>
<meta content="width=device-width">
<style>
  div {
    margin: 0em;
    padding: 2em;
  }
  #target {
    border: 1px solid black;
  }
</style>
<script>
function dragstart_handler(ev) {
 console.log("dragStart: target.id = " + ev.target.id);
 // Add this element's id to the drag payload so the drop handler will
 // know which element to add to its tree
 ev.dataTransfer.setData("text/plain", ev.target.id);
 ev.dataTransfer.effectAllowed = "move";
}

function drop_handler(ev) {
 console.log("drop: target.id = " + ev.target.id);
 ev.preventDefault();
 // Get the id of the target and add the moved element to the target's DOM
 var data = ev.dataTransfer.getData("text");
 ev.target.appendChild(document.getElementById(data));
 // Print each format type
 if (ev.dataTransfer.types != null) {
   for (var i=0; i < ev.dataTransfer.types.length; i++) {
     console.log("... types[" + i + "] = " + ev.dataTransfer.types[i]);
   }
 }
 // Print each item's "kind" and "type"
 if (ev.dataTransfer.items != null) {
   for (var i=0; i < ev.dataTransfer.items.length; i++) {
     console.log("... items[" + i + "].kind = " + ev.dataTransfer.items[i].kind + " ; type = " + ev.dataTransfer.items[i].type);
   }
 }
}

function dragover_handler(ev) {
 console.log("dragOver");
 ev.preventDefault();
 // Set the dropEffect to move
 ev.dataTransfer.dropEffect = "move"
}
</script>
<body>
<h1>Examples of <code>DataTransfer</code>.{<code>types</code>, <code>items</code>} properties</h1>
 <ul>
   <li id="i1" ondragstart="dragstart_handler(event);" draggable="true">Drag Item 1 to the Drop Zone</li>
   <li id="i2" ondragstart="dragstart_handler(event);" draggable="true">Drag Item 2 to the Drop Zone</li>
 </ul>
 <div id="target" ondrop="drop_handler(event);" ondragover="dragover_handler(event);">Drop Zone</div>
</body>
</html>

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'items' in that specification.
Living Standard  
HTML 5.1
The definition of 'items' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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Basic supportChrome Full support 4Edge Full support YesFirefox Full support 50IE No support NoOpera Full support 12Safari No support NoWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 50Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android ?

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