How to implement Sortable in Vuejs

Easily add drag-and-drop sorting to your Vue.js applications without jQuery, using the v-sortable directive.


npm install vue-sortable --save


import Vue from 'vue'
import Sortable from 'vue-sortable'


Basic Example

here we used v-sortable directive as attribute in ul tag

<ul class="list-group" v-sortable>
    <li class="list-group-item">Foo</li>
    <li class="list-group-item">Bar</li>
    <li class="list-group-item">Baz</li>

Customization Example

here we set the object in v-sortable directive.

<ul class="list-group" v-sortable="{ handle: '.handle' }">
    <li class="list-group-item">Foo <i class="handle"></i></li>
    <li class="list-group-item">Bar <i class="handle"></i></li>
    <li class="list-group-item">Baz <i class="handle"></i></li>

If you need to pass multiple arguments, it can be cleaner to bind to an object from your VM data.

<ul class="list-group" v-sortable="options">
    <li class="list-group-item">Foo <i class="handle"></i></li>
    <li class="list-group-item disabled">Bar <i class="handle"></i></li>
    <li class="list-group-item">Baz <i class="handle"></i></li>

export default {
    data() {
        return {
            options: {
                handle: '.handle',
                filter: '.disabled'


The below implementation will update the order of the source data after an item is sorted using the sortable onUpdate callback.

new Vue({
  el: 'body',
  data: {
    list: ['Foo', 'Bar', 'Baz']
  methods: {
    onUpdate: function (event) {
      this.list.splice(event.newIndex, 0, this.list.splice(event.oldIndex, 1)[0])
<ul v-sortable="{ onUpdate: onUpdate }">
    <li v-for="item in list">{{ item }}</li>


here are list of options which we can used in sortable.

group: "name",  // or { name: "...", pull: [true, false, 'clone', array], put: [true, false, array] }
sort: true,  // sorting inside list
delay: 0, // time in milliseconds to define when the sorting should start
delayOnTouchOnly: false, // only delay if user is using touch
touchStartThreshold: 0, // px, how many pixels the point should move before cancelling a delayed drag event
disabled: false, // Disables the sortable if set to true.
store: null,  // @see Store
animation: 150,  // ms, animation speed moving items when sorting, `0` — without animation
easing: "cubic-bezier(1, 0, 0, 1)", // Easing for animation. Defaults to null. See for examples.
handle: ".my-handle",  // Drag handle selector within list items
filter: ".ignore-elements",  // Selectors that do not lead to dragging (String or Function)
preventOnFilter: true, // Call `event.preventDefault()` when triggered `filter`
draggable: ".item",  // Specifies which items inside the element should be draggable

dataIdAttr: 'data-id',

ghostClass: "sortable-ghost",  // Class name for the drop placeholder
chosenClass: "sortable-chosen",  // Class name for the chosen item
dragClass: "sortable-drag",  // Class name for the dragging item

swapThreshold: 1, // Threshold of the swap zone
invertSwap: false, // Will always use inverted swap zone if set to true
invertedSwapThreshold: 1, // Threshold of the inverted swap zone (will be set to swapThreshold value by default)
direction: 'horizontal', // Direction of Sortable (will be detected automatically if not given)

forceFallback: false,  // ignore the HTML5 DnD behaviour and force the fallback to kick in

fallbackClass: "sortable-fallback",  // Class name for the cloned DOM Element when using forceFallback
fallbackOnBody: false,  // Appends the cloned DOM Element into the Document's Body
fallbackTolerance: 0, // Specify in pixels how far the mouse should move before it's considered as a drag.

dragoverBubble: false,
removeCloneOnHide: true, // Remove the clone element when it is not showing, rather than just hiding it
emptyInsertThreshold: 5, // px, distance mouse must be from empty sortable to insert drag element into it


Callback methods of Sortable:

setData: function (/** DataTransfer */dataTransfer, /** HTMLElement*/dragEl) {
	dataTransfer.setData('Text', dragEl.textContent); // `dataTransfer` object of HTML5 DragEvent

// Element is chosen
onChoose: function (/**Event*/evt) {
	evt.oldIndex;  // element index within parent

// Element is unchosen
onUnchoose: function(/**Event*/evt) {
	// same properties as onEnd

// Element dragging started
onStart: function (/**Event*/evt) {
	evt.oldIndex;  // element index within parent

// Element dragging ended
onEnd: function (/**Event*/evt) {
	var itemEl = evt.item;  // dragged HTMLElement;    // target list
	evt.from;  // previous list
	evt.oldIndex;  // element's old index within old parent
	evt.newIndex;  // element's new index within new parent
	evt.oldDraggableIndex; // element's old index within old parent, only counting draggable elements
	evt.newDraggableIndex; // element's new index within new parent, only counting draggable elements
	evt.clone // the clone element
	evt.pullMode;  // when item is in another sortable: `"clone"` if cloning, `true` if moving

// Element is dropped into the list from another list
onAdd: function (/**Event*/evt) {
	// same properties as onEnd

// Changed sorting within list
onUpdate: function (/**Event*/evt) {
	// same properties as onEnd

// Called by any change to the list (add / update / remove)
onSort: function (/**Event*/evt) {
	// same properties as onEnd

// Element is removed from the list into another list
onRemove: function (/**Event*/evt) {
	// same properties as onEnd

// Attempt to drag a filtered element
onFilter: function (/**Event*/evt) {
	var itemEl = evt.item;  // HTMLElement receiving the `mousedown|tapstart` event.

// Event when you move an item in the list or between lists
onMove: function (/**Event*/evt, /**Event*/originalEvent) {
	// Example:,output
	evt.dragged; // dragged HTMLElement
	evt.draggedRect; // DOMRect {left, top, right, bottom}
	evt.related; // HTMLElement on which have guided
	evt.relatedRect; // DOMRect
	evt.willInsertAfter; // Boolean that is true if Sortable will insert drag element after target by default
	originalEvent.clientY; // mouse position
	// return false; — for cancel
	// return -1; — insert before target
	// return 1; — insert after target
	// return true; — keep default insertion point based on the direction
	// return void; — keep default insertion point based on the direction

// Called when creating a clone of element
onClone: function (/**Event*/evt) {
	var origEl = evt.item;
	var cloneEl = evt.clone;

// Called when dragging element changes position
onChange: function(/**Event*/evt) {
	evt.newIndex // most likely why this event is used is to get the dragging element's current index
	// same properties as onEnd


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