This constructor is used to create a synthetic DragEvent object.

Although this interface has a constructor, it is not possible to create a useful DataTransfer object from script, since DataTransfer objects have a processing and security model that is coordinated by the browser during drag-and-drops.

This interface inherits properties from MouseEvent and Event.


 event = new DragEvent(type, DragEventInit);


Is a DOMString representing the name of the event (see DragEvent event types).
Is a DragEventInit dictionary, having the following fields:
  • "dataTransfer", optional and defaults to "null". The type is DataTransfer.

The DragEventInit dictionary inherits from the MouseEventInit dictionary.


Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'DragEvent' in that specification.
Living Standard  
The definition of 'DragEvent' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 4 3.5 (1.9.1) 10 12 3.1
Feature Android Android Webview Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported 10 Not supported Not supported

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