Drag and drop with Angular 7

Dragging and dropping has never been easier! Lets make use of the Component Development Kit (CDK) along with Angular 7+ to make some draggable divs in less than a minute!

CDK setup

Make sure you are on at least V7 of Angular. You can check this by running ng version from your chosen CLI (if you have the Angular CLI installed globally).

Start by creating a new project.

  ng new dragAndDropDemo

Right away we can install the CDK and then serve the app.

  npm i @angular/cdk -S
  ng serve

Now just navigate to your app.module.ts and add the DragDropModule import to the top of the file and also add it to your imports. See my complete file below.

  import { BrowserModule } from "@angular/platform-browser";
  import { NgModule } from "@angular/core";
  import { AppComponent } from "./app.component";
  import { DragDropModule } from "@angular/cdk/drag-drop";

  @NgModule({
    declarations: [AppComponent],
    imports: [BrowserModule, DragDropModule],
    providers: [],
    bootstrap: [AppComponent]
  })
  export class AppModule {}

Navigate to your app.component.html and drop in the below HTML.

  <div style="font-size: 100px;" cdkDrag>
    🍔
  </div>

With the cdkDrag directive we can now easily drag this div around!

See the result below.

Drag and drop gif

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