Dragging files into page

Brandon Kirsch edited this page Feb 10, 2016 · 15 revisions
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Following content requires node-webkit >= v0.2.5

node-webkit allows directly dragging files into page, developers can use it the same way as HTML5 specifies. The bonus is a path field is provided in File object so you can use fs module to directly operate files dragged into page.

An example is:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <style>
      #holder { border: 10px dashed #ccc; width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 20px auto;}
      #holder.hover { border: 10px dashed #333; }
    </style>
    <script>

      //Same as $(document).ready();
      function ready(fn) {
        if (document.readyState != 'loading'){
          fn();
        } else {
          document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', fn);
        }
      }

      //When the page has loaded, run this code
      ready(function(){
        // prevent default behavior from changing page on dropped file
        window.ondragover = function(e) { e.preventDefault(); return false };
        // NOTE: ondrop events WILL NOT WORK if you do not "preventDefault" in the ondragover event!!
        window.ondrop = function(e) { e.preventDefault(); return false };

        var holder = document.getElementById('holder');
        holder.ondragover = function () { this.className = 'hover'; return false; };
        holder.ondragleave = function () { this.className = ''; return false; };
        holder.ondrop = function (e) {
          e.preventDefault();

          for (var i = 0; i < e.dataTransfer.files.length; ++i) {
            console.log(e.dataTransfer.files[i].path);
          }
          return false;
        };
      });
  </script>
  </head>
  <body>
    <div id="holder"></div>
  </body>
</html>

And the standard HTML5 way of reading files is also supported too:

holder.ondrop = function (e) {
  e.preventDefault();

  var file = e.dataTransfer.files[0],
      reader = new FileReader();
  reader.onload = function (event) {
    console.log(event.target);
  };
  console.log(file);
  reader.readAsDataURL(file);

  return false;
};

If you're using jQuery to bind your drag / drop events, keep in mind that the event object passed back to your handlers is a jQuery event object, not the original HTML5 event object. Therefore, when you need to access the dataTransfer object, you have to use the e.originalEvent.dataTransfer field.