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The DataEvent.dataTransfer property holds the drag operation's data (as a DataTransfer object).

This property is Read only .


var data = dragEvent.dataTransfer;

Return value

A DataTransfer object which contains the drag event's data.


This example illustrates accessing the drag and drop data within the dragend event handler.

function process_data(d) {
   // Process the data ...

dragTarget.addEventListener("dragend", function(ev) {
   // Call the drag and drop data processor
   if (ev.dataTransfer != null) process_data(ev.dataTransfer);
 }, false);


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