HTML ondragleave Event Attribute


The ondragleave HTML event attribute is fired when a draggable element or text selection leaves a valid drop target. It is one of several events that can occur during a drag and drop operation, along with ondragstart, ondrag, ondragend, ondragenter, ondragover, and ondrop.

The ondragleave event can be used to provide feedback to the user about the drag and drop operation. For example, you could change the appearance of the drop target when the dragged element enters or leaves it. You could also use the event to perform other actions, such as disabling the drop target or preventing the drop operation from occurring.

To use the ondragleave event, you simply need to add the attribute to the HTML element that you want to be the drop target. The value of the attribute should be a JavaScript function that will be called when the event occurs.

Here is an example of how to use the ondragleave event:

<div id="drop-target" ondragleave="myFunction()">
  Drop your files here
function myFunction() {
  // Change the appearance of the drop target
  document.getElementById('drop-target').style.backgroundColor = 'white';

In this example, the myFunction() function will be called when the dragged element leaves the drop target. The function simply changes the background color of the drop target back to white.

In HTML5, seven event attributes were added that are used at various stages of the drag and drop operation:

  • Events that occur with the drag object:
    • ondragstart (triggered at the beginning of an item drag operation).
    • ondrag (triggered when an item is dragged).
    • ondragend (triggered when the user has finished dragging and dropping the item).
  • Events that occur with the object being dragged onto:
    • ondragenter (when the item will be transferred to the specified zone (target for transfer)).
    • ondragover (triggered when an element is moved over a valid transfer zone).
    • ondragleave (triggered when an element leaves an acceptable zone for transfer).
    • ondrop (triggered after the dragged item descends on the drag object).


<element ondragleave="script">


  • scriptThe name of the script to use when the event has been triggered.


Consider an example in which the <p> element can be moved between two <div> blocks. To do this, we will set four event attributes on the <div> blocks and three on the moveable <p> paragraph.

When we start moving the <p> element, two events are triggered: the first is triggered at the beginning of the operation of dragging the element with the mouse (ondragstart), on which we installed a script that allows you to store data and its type (setData method), the second ondrag event fires at the moment the drag started and informs us of this in the <p id="info"> </p> element.

By default, items cannot be placed in other items. To make this accessible (canceling the default browser) we use the preventDefault() method, which is triggered when an element is moved over a valid zone for transfer (the ondragover event attribute)

ondragenter event occurs when the element is moved to the specified zone, and a script is triggered that sets the background color to yellow and the dashed border to black. When an element leaves a given zone, the border and background style values are returned to their original form (ondragleave event)

The example uses two more event attributes: the first is ondrop, which is triggered when an element descends onto a drag object, a script is launched that allows you to receive data (getData method) and the second attribute of events is ondragend, which is triggered when the user has finished dragging and dropping the element and runs a script that informs us about the completion of the drag and drop procedure in the <p id="info"> </p> element.

<!DOCTYPE html> 
<title>Attributes for mouse events. Drag and drop.</title>
.dragndrop {
width: 200px;
height: 50px;
border: 3px solid orange;
padding: 30px;
text-align: center;
background: cornsilk;
float: left;
margin-right: 20px;
<p>Move the HTML &lt;p&gt; element between the two rectangles:</p>
<div class="dragndrop" ondragenter="dragEnter(event)" ondragleave="dragLeave(event)" ondrop="drop(event)" ondragover="allowDrop(event)">
<p ondragstart="dragStart(event)" ondrag="dragging(event)" ondragend="dragEnd(event)" draggable="true" id="anyid">Move me!</p>
<div class="dragndrop" ondragenter="dragEnter(event)" ondragleave="dragLeave(event)" ondrop="drop(event)" ondragover="allowDrop(event)"> </div>
<p id="info"> </p>
function dragStart ( event ) {
event.dataTransfer.setData( "Text" ,;
function dragging ( event ) {
document.getElementById("info").innerHTML = "The &lt;p&gt; element is being dragged (ondrag)";
function allowDrop ( event ) {
function dragEnter ( event ) {
if ( == "dragndrop") { = "yellow"; = "3px dotted black";
function dragLeave ( event ) {
if ( == "dragndrop") { = ""; = "";
function drop ( event ) {
var data = event.dataTransfer.getData ("Text");;
function dragEnd ( event ) {
document.getElementById("info").innerHTML="Draggable &lt;p&gt; element dropped onto the drag object (ondragend)";

Browser Support

The following table will show you the current browser support for the HTML ondragleave Event Attribute.

Edge Chrome Firefox Opera Safari
Tablets / Mobile
Chrome Firefox Opera Safari Samsung Webview

Last updated by CSSPortal on: 13th October 2023