HTMLElement: dragleave event

The dragleave event is fired when a dragged element or text selection leaves a valid drop target.

This event is not cancelable.


Use the event name in methods like addEventListener(), or set an event handler property.


addEventListener("dragleave", (event) => {});

ondragleave = (event) => {};

Event type

Event properties

In addition to the properties listed below, properties from the parent interface, Event, are available.

DragEvent.dataTransfer Read only

The data that is transferred during a drag and drop interaction.


Resetting drop zone styles on dragleave

In this example, we have a draggable element inside a container. Try grabbing the element, dragging it over the other container, and then releasing it.

We give the other container a purple background while the draggable element is over it, to signal that the draggable element could be dropped on to the container. We listen for the dragleave event to reset the container background when the draggable element is dragged off the container.

Note though that in this partial example we haven't implemented dropping: for a complete example of drag and drop, see the page for the drag event.



<div class="dropzone">
  <div id="draggable" draggable="true">This div is draggable</div>
<div class="dropzone" id="droptarget"></div>



body {
  /* Prevent the user selecting text in the example */
  user-select: none;

#draggable {
  text-align: center;
  background: white;

.dropzone {
  width: 200px;
  height: 20px;
  background: blueviolet;
  margin: 10px;
  padding: 10px;

.dropzone.dragover {
  background-color: purple;



const target = document.getElementById("droptarget");
target.addEventListener("dragenter", (event) => {
  // highlight potential drop target when the draggable element enters it
  if ("dropzone")) {"dragover");

target.addEventListener("dragleave", (event) => {
  // reset background of potential drop target when the draggable element leaves it
  if ("dropzone")) {"dragover");



HTML Standard
# ix-handler-ondragleave
HTML Standard
# event-dnd-dragleave

Browser compatibility

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See also