HTMLElement: dragstart event

The dragstart event is fired when the user starts dragging an element or text selection.


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

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

ondragstart = (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.


Setting opacity on drag start

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

We listen for the dragstart event to make the element half transparent while it is being dragged.

For a more complete example of drag and drop, see the page for the drag event.


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


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

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

#container {
  width: 200px;
  height: 20px;
  background: blueviolet;
  padding: 10px;

.dragging {
  opacity: 0.5;


const source = document.getElementById("draggable");
source.addEventListener("dragstart", (event) => {
  // make it half transparent"dragging");

source.addEventListener("dragend", (event) => {
  // reset the transparency"dragging");



HTML Standard
# ix-handler-ondragstart
HTML Standard
# event-dnd-dragstart

Browser compatibility

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See also