The dataTransfer read-only property of the InputEvent interface returns a DataTransfer object containing information about richtext or plaintext data being added to or removed from editible content.


var dataTransfer = inputEvent.dataTransfer


A DataTransfer object.


In the following simple example we've set up an event listener on the input event so that when any content is pasted into the contenteditable <p> element, its HTML source is retrieved via the InputEvent.dataTransfer.getData() method and reported in the paragraph below the input.

Try copying and pasting some of the content provided to see the effects.

<p><span style="font-weight: bold; color: blue">Whoa, bold blue text!</span></p>
<p><span style="font-style: italic; color: red">Exciting: italic red text!</span></p>
<p>Boring normal text ;-(</p>


<p contenteditable="true">Go on, try pasting some content into this editable paragraph and see what happens!</p>

<p class="result"></p>
var editable = document.querySelector('p[contenteditable]');
var result = document.querySelector('.result')
var dataTransferObj;

editable.addEventListener('input', (e) => {
  result.textContent = e.dataTransfer.getData('text/html');


Specification Status Comment
Input Events Level 2
The definition of 'dataTransfer' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser Compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Chrome Full support 60Edge Full support 79Firefox Full support 67IE No support NoOpera Full support 47Safari No support NoWebView Android Full support 60Chrome Android Full support 60Firefox Android Full support 67Opera Android Full support 44Safari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android Full support 8.0


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Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.