HTML ondragenter Attribute

HTML ondragenter Attribute

Definition and Usage

The ondragenter attribute fires when a draggable element or text selection enters a valid drop target.

The ondragenter and ondragleave events can help the user to understand that a draggable element is about to enter or leave a drop target. This can be done by, for example, setting a background color when the draggable element enters the drop target, and removing the color when the element is moved out of the target.

To learn about Drag and Drop, read our HTML Tutorial on HTML5 Drag and Drop.

Tip: Links and images are draggable by default, and do not need the draggable attribute.

There are many event attributes that are used, and can occur, in the different stages of a drag and drop operation:

  • Events fired on the draggable target (the source element):
    • ondragstart - fires when the user starts to drag an element
    • ondrag - fires when an element is being dragged
    • ondragend - fires when the user has finished dragging the element

  • Events fired on the drop target:
    • ondragenter - fires when the dragged element enters the drop target
    • ondragover - fires when the dragged element is over the drop target
    • ondragleave - fires when the dragged element leaves the drop target
    • ondrop - fires when the dragged element is dropped on the drop target

Applies to

The ondragenter attribute is part of the Event Attributes, and can be used on any HTML elements.

Elements Event
All HTML elements ondragenter


Div Example

Execute a JavaScript when a draggable element enters a drop target:

<div ondragenter="myFunction(event)"></div>
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Browser Support

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the event attribute.

Event Attribute
ondragenter 4.0 9.0 3.5 6.0 12.0