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A hook to use the current component as a drag-source.

import { useDrag } from 'react-dnd'

function DraggableComponent(props) {
  const [collectedProps, drag] = useDrag({
    item: { id, type },
  return <div ref={drag}>...</div>


  • spec A specification object, see below for details on how to construct this

Return Value Array

  • Index 0: An object containing collected properties from the collect function. If no collect function is defined, an empty object is returned.
  • Index 1: A connector function for the drag source. This must be attached to the draggable portion of the DOM.
  • Index 2: A connector function for the drag preview. This may be attached to the preview portion of the DOM.

Specification Object Members

  • item: Required. A plain JavaScript object describing the data being dragged. This is the only information available to the drop targets about the drag source so it's important to pick the minimal data they need to know. You may be tempted to put a complex reference here, but you should try very hard to avoid doing this because it couples the drag sources and drop targets. It's a good idea to return something like { type, id } from this method.

    item.type must be set, and it must be either a string, an ES6 symbol`. Only the drop targets registered for the same type will react to this item. Read the overview to learn more about the items and types.

  • previewOptions: Optional. A plain JavaScript object describing drag preview options.

  • options: Optional. A plain object. If some of the props to your component are not scalar (that is, are not primitive values or functions), specifying a customarePropsEqual(props, otherProps)function inside theoptions object can improve the performance. Unless you have performance problems, don't worry about it.

  • begin(monitor): Optional. Fired when a drag operation begins. Nothing needs to be returned, but if an object is returned it will override the default item property of the spec.

  • end(item, monitor): Optional. When the dragging stops, end is called. For every begin call, a corresponding end call is guaranteed. You may call monitor.didDrop() to check whether or not the drop was handled by a compatible drop target. If it was handled, and the drop target specified a drop result by returning a plain object from its drop() method, it will be available as monitor.getDropResult(). This method is a good place to fire a Flux action. Note: If the component is unmounted while dragging, component parameter is set to be null.

  • canDrag(monitor): Optional. Use it to specify whether the dragging is currently allowed. If you want to always allow it, just omit this method. Specifying it is handy if you'd like to disable dragging based on some predicate over props. Note: You may not call monitor.canDrag() inside this method.

  • isDragging(monitor): Optional. By default, only the drag source that initiated the drag operation is considered to be dragging. You can override this behavior by defining a custom isDragging method. It might return something like === monitor.getItem().id. Do this if the original component may be unmounted during the dragging and later “resurrected” with a different parent. For example, when moving a card across the lists in a Kanban board, you want it to retain the dragged appearance—even though technically, the component gets unmounted and a different one gets mounted every time you move it to another list. Note: You may not call monitor.isDragging() inside this method.

  • collect: Optional. The collecting function. It should return a plain object of the props to return for injection into your component. It receives two parameters, monitor and props. Read the overview for an introduction to the monitors and the collecting function. See the collecting function described in detail in the next section.