Lightweight jQuery plugin to create sortable lists and grids using native HTML5 drag and drop API.
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This project is not mantained anymore. I recommend using RubaXa's Sortable or voidberg's fork instead.

HTML5 Sortable jQuery Plugin

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  • Less than 1KB (minified and gzipped).
  • Built using native HTML5 drag and drop API.
  • Supports both list and grid style layouts.
  • Similar API and behaviour to jquery-ui sortable plugin.
  • Works in IE 5.5+, Firefox 3.5+, Chrome 3+, Safari 3+ and, Opera 12+.


Use sortable method to create a sortable list:


Use .sortable-dragging and .sortable-placeholder CSS selectors to change the styles of a dragging item and its placeholder respectively.

Use sortupdate event if you want to do something when the order changes (e.g. storing the new order):

$('.sortable').sortable().bind('sortupdate', function(e, ui) {
    //ui.item contains the current dragged element.
    //Triggered when the user stopped sorting and the DOM position has changed.

Use items option to specifiy which items inside the element should be sortable:

    items: ':not(.disabled)'

Use handle option to restrict drag start to the specified element:

    handle: 'h2'

Setting forcePlaceholderSize option to true, forces the placeholder to have a height:

    forcePlaceholderSize: true 

Use connectWith option to create connected lists:

$('#sortable1, #sortable2').sortable({
    connectWith: '.connected'

To remove the sortable functionality completely:


To disable the sortable temporarily:


To enable a disabled sortable:


The API is compatible with jquery-ui. So you can use jquery-ui as a polyfill in older browsers:

    test: Modernizr.draganddrop,
    yep: 'jquery.sortable.js',
    nope: 'jquery-ui.min.js',
    complete: function() {
        $('.sortable').sortable().bind('sortupdate', function(e, ui) {
            //Store the new order.


Released under the MIT license.