HTMLElement: drop event

The drop event is fired when an element or text selection is dropped on a valid drop target. To ensure that the drop event always fires as expected, you should always include a preventDefault() call in the part of your code which handles the dragover event.


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


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

ondrop = (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.


A minimal drag and drop example

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 use three event handlers here:

  • in the dragstart event handler, we get a reference to the element that the user dragged
  • in the dragover event handler for the target container, we call event.preventDefault(), which enables it to receive drop events.
  • in the drop event handler for the drop zone, we handle moving the draggable element from the original container to the drop zone.

For a more 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;



let dragged = null;

const source = document.getElementById("draggable");
source.addEventListener("dragstart", (event) => {
  // store a ref. on the dragged elem
  dragged =;

const target = document.getElementById("droptarget");
target.addEventListener("dragover", (event) => {
  // prevent default to allow drop

target.addEventListener("drop", (event) => {
  // prevent default action (open as link for some elements)
  // move dragged element to the selected drop target
  if ( === "dropzone") {



HTML Standard
# ix-handler-ondrop
HTML Standard
# event-dnd-drop

Browser compatibility

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See also