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Draggable Components in Vue.js with Vue.Draggable

Published on April 23, 2017
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By Joshua Bemenderfer
Developer and author at DigitalOcean.
Draggable Components in Vue.js with Vue.Draggable

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Sortable lists are on of the more frustrating parts of web development. The web wasn’t originally created with drag-and-drop in mind, and even with the addition of native drag-and-drop support in HTML5, there’s still quite a bit to hook up. With Vue.Draggable however, this becomes a cinch. It makes most of the decisions for you and leaves a simple, clean API for your benefit.


Install Vue.Draggable from NPM or Yarn:

# Yarn
$ yarn add vuedraggable

$ npm install vuedraggable --save

Now, any component can import the draggable component from vuedraggable.


To make a list sortable, just wrap any element in a draggable component (usually with a v-for, but you can do individual elements as well.)

draggable can also take a v-model binding to update an array that contains the relevant data.

    <h2>Draggable Wrapper</h2>
    <draggable v-model="exampleList">
      <div v-for="text in exampleList" :key="text">{{text}}</div>

import draggable from 'vuedraggable';

export default {
  components: {

  data() {
    return {
      exampleList: [
        'Item 1',
        'Item 2',
        'Item 3',
        'Item 4',
        'Item 5'

Voilà! The list is sortable! You can drag and drop list items around however you’d like and the changes will be reflected in the array.

Props & Events


  • value (v-model capable): Array - The input array for the component. It’s immutable, so it’s recreated for every change.
  • list: Array - An alternative to value, but updates the array without recreating it. (via. Array.splice())
  • options: Object - An object containing any of the valid options for Sortable.
  • element: String - The wrapper element used by the draggable component. Defaults to div.
  • clone: Function(VNode) -> VNode - A method used to clone a VNode when the clone option is present. Fairly advanced. Mostly used for deep-cloning.
  • move: Function(evt) -> Boolean - Called when an element is dragged. Returning false will cancel the operation.

Events: start, add, remove, update, end, choose, sort, filter, clone. Reference

Usage with Vuex

When using Vue.Draggable with Vuex, use a computed property for your array that retrieves the array from the store via a getter, and commits a mutation when set:

computed: {
  exampleList: {
    get() {
      return this.$store.state.exampleList

    set(val) {
      this.$store.commit('setExampleList', val)


  • Vue.Draggable works fine with transitions, just make sure that the draggable element is directly wrapping the transition or transition-group element. There can be nothing else in-between.
  • If your list has 0 elements in it by default, make sure the element draggable creates is styled with enough height to be a valid drop target.

That’s all there is to it!

Now, I added home-spun drag-and-drop functionality to a couple personal projects. I’m going to go replace those shoddy implementations with Vue.Draggable now. Adiós!

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