Angular (v5+) directives for sorting nested lists using the HTML5 Drag and Drop API


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This library is a remake of angular-drag-and-drop-lists in Angular v2 and upper. Angular directives that allow you to build sortable lists with the native HTML5 drag & drop API. The directives can also be nested to bring drag & drop to your WYSIWYG editor, your tree, or whatever fancy structure you are building.


Supported browsers

Touch devices are not supported, because they do not implement the HTML5 drag & drop standard. However, you can use a shim to make it work on touch devices as well.

Internet Explorer 8 or lower is not supported, but all modern browsers are (see changelog for list of tested browsers).

Download & Installation


You can install ng2-dnd-list package from npm:

npm i ng2-dnd-list

dndDraggable directive

Use the dndDraggable directive to make your element draggable


  • [dndDraggable] (Object) Required attribute. The value has to be an object that represents the data of the element. In case of a drag and drop operation the object will be serialized and unserialized on the receiving end.
  • [dndEffectAllowed] (String) Use this attribute to limit the operations that can be performed. Valid options are move, copy and link, as well as all, copyMove, copyLink and linkMove, while move is the default value. The semantics of these operations are up to you and have to be implemented using the output events described below. If you allow multiple options, the user can choose between them by using the modifier keys (OS specific). The cursor will be changed accordingly, expect for IE and Edge, where this is not supported. Note that the implementation of this attribute is very buggy in IE9. This attribute works together with dndExternalSources except on Safari and IE, where the restriction will be lost when dragging accross browser tabs. Demo
  • [dndType] (string) Use this attribute if you have different kinds of items in your application and you want to limit which items can be dropped into which lists. Combine with dnd-allowed-types on the dnd-list(s). This attribute must be a lower case string. Upper case characters can be used, but will be converted to lower case automatically.
  • [dndDisable] (boolean) You can use this attribute to dynamically disable the draggability of the element. This is useful if you have certain list items that you don't want to be draggable, or if you want to disable drag & drop completely without having two different code branches (e.g. only allow for admins).


  • (dndDragstart): (DragEvent) Event that is emitted when the element was dragged. The original dragstart event will be provided in the local $event variable. Demo
  • (dndMoved) (DragEvent) Event that is emitted when the element was moved. Usually you will remove your element from the original list in this callback, since the directive is not doing that for you automatically. The original dragend event will be provided in the local event variable. Demo
  • (dndCopied) (DragEvent) Same as dnd-moved, just that it is emitted when the element was copied instead of moved. The original dragend event will be provided in the local event variable. Demo
  • (dndLinked) (DragEvent) Same as dnd-moved, just that it is emitted when the element was linked instead of moved. The original dragend event will be provided in the local event variable. Demo
  • (dndCanceled) (DragEvent) Event that is emitted when the element was dragged, but the operation was canceled and the element was not dropped. The original dragend event will be provided in the local event variable. Demo
  • (dndDragend) (DndDragendEvent) Event that is emitted when the drag operation ended. Available local variables are event and dropEffect. Demo
  • (dndSelected) (DragEvent) Event that is emitted when the element was clicked but not dragged. The original click event will be provided in the local event variable.


  • DndDragendEvent
    • event: The original dragend event sent by the browser.
    • dropEffect: string. Target dropEffect value.

CSS classes

  • dndDragging This class will be added to the element while the element is being dragged. It will affect both the element you see while dragging and the source element that stays at it's position. Do not try to hide the source element with this class, because that will abort the drag operation.
  • dndDraggingSource This class will be added to the element after the drag operation was started, meaning it only affects the original element that is still at it's source position, and not the "element" that the user is dragging with his mouse pointer

dndList directive

Use the dndList directive to make your list element a dropzone. Usually you will add a single li element as child with the *ngFor directive. If you don't do that, we will not be able to position the dropped element correctly. If you want your list to be sortable, also add the dndDraggable directive to your li element(s).


  • [dndList] Required attribute. The value has to be the array in which the data of the dropped element should be inserted. The value can be blank if used with a custom dndDrop handler that handles the insertion on its own.
  • [dndAllowedTypes] Optional array of allowed item types. When used, only items that had a matching dnd-type attribute will be dropable. Upper case characters will automatically be converted to lower case.
  • [dndEffectAllowed] Optional string expression that limits the drop effects that can be performed on the list. See dnd-effect-allowed on dnd-draggable for more details on allowed options. The default value is all.
  • [dndDisable] Optional boolean expression. When it evaluates to true, no dropping into the list is possible. Note that this also disables rearranging items inside the list.
  • [dndHorizontalList] Optional boolean expression. When it evaluates to true, the positioning algorithm will use the left and right halfs of the list items instead of the upper and lower halfs. Demo
  • [dndExternalSources] Optional boolean expression. When it evaluates to true, the list accepts drops from sources outside of the current browser tab, which allows to drag and drop accross different browser tabs. The only major browser for which this is currently not working is Microsoft Edge. Demo


  • (dndListChange) (Object) Event emitted after an element is dropped. The value will be the new list value after drop.
  • (dndDragover) (DndListEvent) Event emitted when an element is dragged over the list. If the expression is set, but does not return true, the element is not allowed to be dropped.
  • (dndDrop) (DndListEvent) Event emitted when an element is dropped on the list.
  • (dndInserted) (DndListEvent) Event emitted after a drop if the element was actually inserted into the list. The same local variables as for dndDrop will be available. Note that for reorderings inside the same list the old element will still be in the list due to the fact that dndMoved was not called yet. Demo


  • DndListEvent The following variables will be available:
    • event (DragEvent): The original dragover event sent by the browser.
    • dropEffect (string): The dropEffect that is going to be performed, see dndEffectAllowed.
    • external (boolean): Whether the element was dragged from an external source. See dndExternalSources.
    • type (string): The dndType set on the dndDraggable, or undefined if unset. Will be null for drops from external sources in IE and Edge, since we don't know the type in those cases.
    • index (number): The position in the list at which the element would be dropped.
    • item(any): Only available onDrop event. This will be the transferred object.
    • stopDragover: (Function) Calling the function causes the drop will be canceled and the element won't be inserted.

CSS classes

  • dndPlaceholder When an element is dragged over the list, a new placeholder child element will be added. This element is of type li and has the class dndPlaceholder set. Alternatively, you can define your own placeholder by creating a child element with dndPlaceholder class.
  • dndDragover This class will be added to the list while an element is being dragged over the list.

dndNodrag directive

Use the dndNodrag directive inside of dndDraggable elements to prevent them from starting drag operations. This is especially useful if you want to use input elements inside of dndDraggable elements or create specific handle elements.

Note: This directive does not work in Internet Explorer 9.

dndHandle directive

Use the dndHandle directive within a dndNodrag element in order to allow dragging of that element after all. Therefore, by combining dndNodrag and dndHandle you can allow dndDraggable elements to only be dragged via specific handle elements.

Note: Internet Explorer will show the handle element as drag image instead of the dndDraggable element. You can work around this by styling the handle element differently when it is being dragged. Use the CSS selector .dndDragging:not(.dndDraggingSource) [dndHandle] for that.

Recommended CSS styles

It is recommended that you apply the following CSS styles:

  • If your application is about moving elements by drag and drop, it is recommended that you hide the source element while dragging, i.e. setting display: none on the .dndDraggingSource class.
  • If your application allows to drop elements into empty lists, you need to ensure that empty lists never have a height or width of zero, e.g. by setting a min-width.
  • You should style the .dndPlaceholder class accordingly.


Copyright (c) 2018 Fran Sevilla

MIT License

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