10 Best Advanced Drag And Drop Plugins In JavaScript (2022 Update)

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What Is Drag And Drop?

Drag And Drop is one of the most commonly used features in today's web page or applications that allow the user to change the position of an object (element) by using mouse drag or touch events.

How does Drag and Drop work?

HTML5 (the latest version of Hypertext Markup Language) provides a basic HTML Drag and Drop API on your web app. The user may select draggable elements with a mouse, drag those elements to a droppable element, and drop them by releasing the mouse button. A translucent representation of the draggable elements follows the pointer during the drag operation.

See the Pen HTML5 Drag And Drop API by iqq800 (@iqq800) on CodePen.

The Best Drag and Drop Plugin?

To apply more advanced functionalities to draggable elements, you might need a JavaScript plugin to extend and enhance the native Drag And Drop API.

This is a list of 10 best jQuery and Vanilla JavaScript advanced and enhanced drag and drop plugins from which you can choose for your next web project. Have fun.

Originally Published Nov 13 2019, updated Mar 04 2022

Table of contents:

jQuery Drag And Drop Plugins:

Mobile-friendly Drag And Drop Plugin With jQuery - draganddrop.js

draganddrop.js is a jQuery drag and drop plugin that enables sortable and draggable functionalities on any DOM elements without requiring the jQuery UI library.

Mobile-friendly Drag And Drop Plugin With jQuery - draganddrop.js

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Drag & Drop Multiple Elements At Once With jQuery - Multidraggable

A jQuery plugin used to extend the jQuery UI's draggable interaction that enables the user to select and drag & drop multiple elements at once.

Drag & Drop Multiple Elements At Once With jQuery - Multidraggable

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Mobile-first Drag And Drop Library - Draggable Touch

A jQuery based mobile-first drag and drop library that makes any DOM elements draggable via touch events.

Mobile-first Drag And Drop Library - Draggable Touch

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jQuery Drag'n'drop Sorting Plugin For Bootstrap - html5sortable

html5sortable is a tiny jQuery plugin which adds draggable sorting functionality to Bootstrap framework by using native HTML5 drag and drop API.

jQuery Drag'n'drop Sorting Plugin For Bootstrap - html5sortable

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Touch-friendly Draggable & Sortable Plugin - jQuery Touch-dnd

Touch-dnd is a powerful jQuery plugin which provides smooth, touch-enabled drag'n'drop and sortable functionalities on a list or grid using CSS3 transforms and transitions.

Touch-friendly Draggable & Sortable Plugin - jQuery Touch-dnd

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Vanilla JavaScript Drag And Drop Plugins:

Lightweight JS Sorting Library with Native HTML5 Drag and Drop – SortableJS

Sortable is a lightweight and simple javascript library that makes a list of items sortable by using native Html5 drag and drop API. Works with all the modern browsers and touch devices.

Lightweight JS Sorting Library with Native HTML5 Drag and Drop – SortableJS

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Draggable, Resizable & Rotatable Plugin

A Photoshop inspired touch-enabled draggable, resizable and rotatable library without any 3rd dependencies.

Draggable, Resizable & Rotatable Plugin

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Pure JavaScript Drag and Drop Library – dragula.js

dragula.js is a simple, dependency-free, touch-enabled JavaScript library that provides drag and drop functionality on DOM elements.

Pure JavaScript Drag and Drop Library – dragula.js

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Drag And Drop With Snap Into Place – Magnet.js

A small and standalone JavaScript library that provides drag and drop with snap into place functionality for single or grouped elements.

Drag And Drop With Snap Into Place – Magnet.js

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Sort Nested Lists With Drag And Drop – nested-sort

A JavaScript library to dynamically generate a tree-like list of nested items that are sortable via drag and drop.

Sort Nested Lists With Drag And Drop – nested-sort

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Conclusion:

The above collection of drag and drop plugins for JavaScript can be a big help to your website, as they combine all the best features of drag and drop elements. You will have an option to customize them in a number of ways, allowing you to pick and choose which features are the best fit for you. This is why we believe they make the perfect solution for your needs.

Seeking more jQuery plugins or JavaScript libraries to create awesome Draggable Elements on the web & mobile? Check out the jQuery Drag And Drop and JavaScript Drag And Drop sections.

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