DataTransferItem.type

The read-only DataTransferItem.type property returns the type (format) of the DataTransferItem object representing the drag data item. The type is a Unicode string generally given by a MIME type, although a MIME type is not required.

Some example types are: text/plain and text/html.

Syntax

dataItem.type;

Return value

A DOMString representing the drag data item's type.

Example

This example shows the use of the type property.

function drop_handler(ev) {
 console.log("Drop");
 ev.preventDefault();
 var data = ev.dataTransfer.items;
 for (var i = 0; i < data.length; i += 1) {
   if ((data[i].kind == 'string') && 
       (data[i].type.match('^text/plain'))) {
     // This item is the target node
     data[i].getAsString(function (s){
       ev.target.appendChild(document.getElementById(s)); 
     });
   } else if ((data[i].kind == 'string') && 
              (data[i].type.match('^text/html'))) {
     // Drag data item is HTML
     console.log("... Drop: HTML");
   } else if ((data[i].kind == 'string') && 
              (data[i].type.match('^text/uri-list'))) {
     // Drag data item is URI
     console.log("... Drop: URI");
   } else if ((data[i].kind == 'file') && 
              (data[i].type.match('^image/'))) {
     // Drag data item is an image file
     var f = data[i].getAsFile();
     console.log("... Drop: File ");
   }
 }
}

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'type' in that specification.
Living Standard Initial version
HTML 5.1
The definition of 'type' in that specification.
Recommendation Snapshot of the HTML WHATWG document

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
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 ? Firefox Android Full support 50Opera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android ?

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