A global event handler for the dragenter event.


var dragenterHandler = targetElement.ondragenter;

Return value

The dragenter event handler for element targetElement.


This example demonstrates using the ondragenter attribute handler to set an element's dragenter event handler.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang=en>
<title>Examples of using the Drag and Drop Global Event Attribute</title>
<meta content="width=device-width">
  div {
    margin: 0em;
    padding: 2em;
  #source {
    color: blue;
    border: 1px solid black;
  #target {
    border: 1px solid black;
function dragstart_handler(ev) {
 // Change the source element's background color to signify drag has started = "dashed";

function dragover_handler(ev) {
 // Change the target element's border to signify a drag over event
 // has occurred = "lightblue";

function drop_handler(ev) {
 var data = ev.dataTransfer.getData("text");;

function dragenter_handler(ev) {
 // Change the source element's background color for enter events = "yellow";

function dragleave_handler(ev) {
 // Change the source element's border back to white = "white";

function dragend_handler(ev) {
 // Change the target element's background color to visually indicate 
 // the drag ended.
 var el=document.getElementById("target"); = "pink";

function dragexit_handler(ev) {
 // Change the source element's border back to green to signify a dragexit event = "green";

function init() {
 // Set handlers for the source's enter/leave/end/exit events
 var el=document.getElementById("source");
 el.ondragenter = dragenter_handler;
 el.ondragleave = dragleave_handler;
 el.ondragend = dragend_handler;
 el.ondragexit = dragexit_handler;
<body onload="init();">
<h1>Examples of <code>ondragenter</code>, <code>ondragleave</code>, <code>ondragend</code>, <code>ondragexit</code></h1>
   <p id="source" ondragstart="dragstart_handler(event);" draggable="true">
     Select this element, drag it to the Drop Zone and then release the selection to move the element.</p>
 <div id="target" ondrop="drop_handler(event);" ondragover="dragover_handler(event);">Drop Zone</div>


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

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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 No support No support No support No support No support 10 No support No support

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