Angular 6+ directive that enables drag-and-drop to reorder array items.


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NgxDragarr is an Angular 6+ directive that provides a means to re-order an array using drag-and-drop.

How to use?

$ npm i --save @czeckd/ngx-dragarr

In addition to the normal Angular packages, NgxDragarr also has a peer dependency on detect-browser to detect IE. Depending on the version of detect-browser, the package os may also be needed as a dev-dependency.


The [dragarr] directive should work as-is with webpack/angular-cli. Just import the NgxDragarrModule.

import { NgxDragarrModule } from '@czeckd/ngx-dragarr';

  imports: [ NgxDragarrModule ],
export class AppModule {}


  <li *ngFor="let d of dwarves; let i = index" [dragarr]="['dwarves', i, dwarves]">{{d}}</li>

The [dragarr] directive will set the draggable attribute if it is not already set. If draggable is set, then it will respect its state allow for drag-and-drop to be enabled and disabled programmatically. For example:

  <li *ngFor="let d of dwarfs; let i = index" [dragarr]="['dwarfs', i, dwarfs]"

When a dragged item is dropped, a (dropped) event is emitted by the directive that can then be used for other purposes. For example:

 <li *ngFor="let d of dwarves; let i = index" [dragarr]="['dwarves', i, dwarves]"

Argument for [dragarr]

The [dragarr] directive is set by an array of three arguments:

  1. a string - a unique name of this array. This is used by the directive to determine a valid drop target. (Note: this functionality works on non-IE browsers.)
  2. a number - this is the index of the item in the array.
  3. the array - this is the actual array that is reorderable.

In the examples above, there are two arrays configured in the typescript.

dwarves = [ 'Dwalin', 'Balin', 'Kili', 'Fili', 'Dori', 'Nori', 'Ori', 'Oin',
  'Gloin', 'Bifur', 'Bofur', 'Bombur', 'Thorin' ];
dwarfs = [  'Doc', 'Grumpy', 'Happy', 'Sleepy', 'Bashful', 'Sneezy', 'Dopey' ];

Using the name string, the NgxDragarr directive will prevent the dwarves array from interacting with the dwarfs array and vice-versa. (Note: this functionality will not work in IE-browsers.)


The directive will add two styles to the DOM: .dragarr-over and .dragarr-drag. Optionally, dragClass and dragOverClass can be set to provide substitutions.

  <li *ngFor="let d of dwarfs; let i = index" [dragarr]="['dwarfs', i, dwarfs]" [draggable]="canDrag"
    dragClass="customDrag" dragOverClass="customDragOver">{{d}}</li>


NgxDragarr was inspired by ng-drag-drop-list.




David Czeck @czeckd

If you find any bugs or have a feature request, please open an issue on github!

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