A vue directive to make a scrollable element scroll by draging to the scroll direction
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vue-dragscroll is a micro vue.js directive which enables scrolling via holding the mouse button ("drag and drop" or "click and hold" style, online demo).


Via npm

$ npm install vue-dragscroll

Then, in your JavaScript file:

// Register dragscroll globally
import VueDragscroll from 'vue-dragscroll'

// Or, register it locally in a component
import { dragscroll } from 'vue-dragscroll'
export default {
  name: 'MyComponent',
  directives: {
    'dragscroll': dragscroll

Via cdn

Download the and unpack distribution

<script src="path/to/vue-dragscroll.min.js"></script>
<!-- OR -->
<script src="https://unpkg.com/vue-dragscroll"></script>


Add the v-dragscroll directive to a scrollable element:

<div v-dragscroll>
    Big text goes here...

That's it! Now you can scroll it by dragging.

Keep in mind that now it is not possible to select the content with mouse, so apply the cursor: default; CSS style to prevent confusing the users (or even cursor: grab; in case the content is not a text).

.grab-bing {
  cursor : -webkit-grab;
  cursor : -moz-grab;
  cursor : -o-grab;
  cursor : grab;

.grab-bing:active {
  cursor : -webkit-grabbing;
  cursor : -moz-grabbing;
  cursor : -o-grabbing;
  cursor : grabbing;

You can also add the :nochilddrag argument to the v-dragscroll, which will only enable drag-scrolling for an element itself, but not for its subchildren. This can be usefull, if you want to enable the scrolling the area by dragging its empty space, but keep the opportunity to select the text (see example).

<div v-dragscroll:nochilddrag>

If you wish to handle enable/disable dragscrolling, you can pass a boolean as value (This doesn't apply for mobile)

<div v-dragscroll="false">

If you wish to scroll only Vertically or Horizotally, you can use x or y modifiers.

<div v-dragscroll.x="false">
<div v-dragscroll.y="false">


The directive provides 3 events.

  • dragscrollstart
  • dragscrollmove
  • dragscrollend

The dragscrollmove event includes a data object with the following format:

  detail: {
    deltaX: 0, // if using the x modifier, or no axis modifier
    deltaY: 0, // if using the y modifier, or no axis modifier


  v-on:dragscrollmove="doSomething(params, $event.detail.deltaX)"

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