Polyfill that enables HTML5 drag drop support on mobile (touch) devices

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import dragDropTouch from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/drag-drop-touch';



Polyfill that enables HTML5 drag and drop support on mobile (touch) devices.

The HTML5 specification includes support for drag and drop operations. Unfortunately, most mobile browsers do not implement it, so applications that rely on HTML5 drag and drop have reduced functionality when running on mobile devices.

The DragDropTouch class is a polyfill that translates touch events into standard HTML5 drag drop events. If you add the polyfill to your pages, drag and drop operations should work on mobile devices just like they do on the desktop.


The demo should work on desktop as well as on mobile devices, including iPads and Android tablets.

The top section of the demo is based on a well-known HTML5 drag and drop sample from html5rocks.

The following sections demonstrate how the polyfill works with standards-based components that use HTML5 drag and drop. You can use touch to resize and reorder grid columns, data groups, and pivot fields.


You can install this polyfill via NPM using the following command:

npm i --save drag-drop-touch

Alternatively, download DragDropTouch.js and add it to your HTML:

<script src="DragDropTouch.js"></script>

Polyfill behaviour

The DragDropTouch polyfill attaches listeners to the document's touch events:

  • On touchstart, it checks whether the target element has the draggable attribute or is contained in an element that does. If that is the case, it saves a reference to the "drag source" element and prevents the default handling of the event.
  • On touchmove, it checks whether the touch has moved a certain threshold distance from the origin. If that is the case, it raises the dragstart event and continues monitoring moves to fire dragenter and dragleave.
  • On touchend, it raises the dragend and drop events.

To avoid interfering with the automatic browser translation of some touch events into mouse events, the polyfill performs a few additional tasks:

  • Raise the mousemove, mousedown, mouseup, and click events when the user touches a draggable element but doesn't start dragging,
  • Raise the dblclick event when there's a new touchstart right after a click, and
  • Raise the contextmenu event when the touch lasts a while but the user doesn't start dragging the element.


Thanks to Bernardo Castilho, who pretty much wrote this entire polyfill apart from a couple of tweaks: DragDropTouch.

Thanks to Eric Bidelman for the great tutorial on HTML5 drag and drop: Native HTML5 Drag and Drop.

Thanks also to Chris Wilson and Paul Kinlan for their article on mouse and touch events: Touch And Mouse.

Finally, thanks to Tim Ruffles for his iOS shim code which was inspiring: iOS DragDrop Shim.


MIT License