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jDrag is a low-level drag and drop library for in-browser dragging operations using jQuery. It draws inspiration from several different drag and drop implementations, including Cocoa and HTML5.

For more information about these, see:


The following functions make up the public interface:


A jDrag.Handle object is just a placeholder object that gives the end user feedback about the current position of the drag operation.

jDrag.Handle($obj, offset=$obj.offset())

A jDrag.Source object represents the "source" of a drag and drop operation. It stems from a click/tap on some DOM element and can carry with it an arbitrary payload of data. The public API is listed below:

jDrag.Source($obj, data={})

A source emits the following events:

  • dragstart Fired when the source first starts dragging.
  • drag Fired repeatedly as the source drags.
  • dragend Fired when the source stops dragging.

A jDrag.Target object represents a drop target for a drag source.

jDrag.Target($obj, threshold=0.5)
jDrag.Target.prototype.contains(width, height, left, top)

A target emits the following events:

  • dragenter Fired when a drag source enters this target's area when it was previously outside. Receives the source as its argument.
  • dragover Fired repeatedly as a source is dragged over this target. Receives the source as its argument.
  • drop Fired when a drag source is "dropped" on this target. Receives the source as its argument.
  • dragleave Fired when a drag source leaves this target's area. Receives the source as its argument.

For detailed documentation on the arguments of each method in the public interface, please read the source. :)

The order of events in a drag operation should be similar to this:

  • dragstart
  • drag
  • dragenter
  • dragover
  • dragleave/drop
  • dragend


// The #source element is the one that the user clicks/taps on
// to start dragging. You can pass an arbitrary data object here
// that will be used as the source's "data" property. The source
// is an instance of jDrag.Source.
var source = $("#source").dragSource(data);

// The #target element is an element the user can "drop" drag
// sources on. The target is an instance of jDrag.Target.
var target = $("#target").dragTarget();

// Tell the target to listen for drag events on the given source.
// This must be done for each source/target pair that you wish to
// associate.

$(source).bind("dragstart", function (e) {
  console.log("started dragging");

$(target).bind("drop", function (e, source) {


Copyright 2012 Michael Jackson

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