How do I drag multiple elements at once with JavaScript or jQuery?

I want to be able to drag a group of elements with jQuery, like if I selected and dragged multiple icons on the Windows desktop.

I found the demo of threedubmedia's jQuery.event.drag:

http://threedubmedia.com/code/event/drag/demo/multi
http://threedubmedia.com/code/event/drag#demos

I think this plugin is great. Is this good and popular library? Do you know websites or applications which use it?

Are there any other libraries or plugins to drag multiple objects?

Can jQuery UI drag multiple objects?

Answers:

Answer

there is Draggable in the jquery UI

all you would have to do is:

$(selector).draggable(); // and you are done!

see example here: http://jsfiddle.net/maniator/zVZFq/


If you really want multidragging you can try using some click events to hold the blocks in place

$('.drag').draggable();

$('.drag').click(function(){
    console.log(this, 'clicked')
    var data = $(this).data('clicked');
    var all = $('.all');
    if(data == undefined || data == false){
        $(this).data('clicked', true);
        this.style.background = 'red';
        $(this).draggable('disable');
        if(all.children().length <= 0){
            all.draggable().css({
                top: '0px',
                left: '0px',
                width: $(window).width(),
                height: $(window).height(),
                'z-index': 1
            });
        }
        var top = parseInt(all.css('top').replace('px','')) +
                    parseInt($(this).css('top').replace('px',''))
        var left = parseInt(all.css('left').replace('px','')) +
                    parseInt($(this).css('left').replace('px',''))
        $(this).css({
            top: top,
            left: left
        })
        $('.all').append($(this));
    }
    else {
        $(this).data('clicked', false);
        this.style.background = 'grey';
        $(this).draggable('enable');
        $('body').append($(this));
        if(all.children() <= 0){
            all.draggable('destroy');
        }
        /*
        var top = parseInt(all.css('top').replace('px','')) -
                    parseInt($(this).css('top').replace('px',''))
        var left = parseInt(all.css('left').replace('px','')) -
                    parseInt($(this).css('left').replace('px',''))
        $(this).css({
            top: top,
            left: left
        })*/
    }
})

See example here: http://jsfiddle.net/maniator/zVZFq/5

Answer
var selectedObjs;
var draggableOptions = {
    start: function(event, ui) {
        //get all selected...
        selectedObjs = $('div.selected').filter('[id!='+$(this).attr('id')+']');
    },
    drag: function(event, ui) {
        var currentLoc = $(this).position();
        var orig = ui.originalPosition;

        var offsetLeft = currentLoc.left-orig.left;
        var offsetTop = currentLoc.top-orig.top;

        moveSelected(offsetLeft, offsetTop);
    }       
};

$(document).ready(function() {
    $('#dragOne, #dragTwo').draggable(draggableOptions);
});

function moveSelected(ol, ot){
    console.log(selectedObjs.length);
    selectedObjs.each(function(){
        $this =$(this);
        var pos = $this.position();

        var l = $this.context.clientLeft;
        var t = $this.context.clientTop;

        $this.css('left', l+ol);
        $this.css('top', t+ot);
    })
}
Answer

I wanted to add (this coming up high in google), since none of the plugins in this thread worked and it is not nativity supported by jquery ui, a simple elegant solution.

Wrap the draggable elements in a container and use an event to drag them all at once, this allows for singles draggables and multidraggables (but not really selective draggables).

jQuery(document).click(function(e) {

  if(e.shiftKey) {
      jQuery('#parent-container').draggable();
  }
}); 
Answer

Check this out:

https://github.com/someshwara/MultiDraggable

Usage:$(".className").multiDraggable({ group: $(".className")});

Drags the group of elements together. Group can also be an array specifying individual elements.

Like:$("#drag1").multiDraggable({ group: [$("#drag1"),$("#drag2") ]});

Answer

Put your items into some container and make this container draggable. You will need to set handle option to be a class of your item element. Also you will need to recalculate items position after drag. And obviously when you deselect items you have to take them from this container and put back to their origin.

Answer

This is what i used, Worked in my case.

function selectable(){
$('#selectable').selectable({
  stop: function() {
    $('.ui-selectee', this).each(function(){
        if ($('.ui-selectee').parent().is( 'div' ) ) {
            $('.ui-selectee li').unwrap('<div />');
        }


    });

    $('.ui-selected').wrapAll('<div class=\"draggable\" />');

    $('.draggable').draggable({ revert : true });   
  }
});

};

Answer

I am the author of the of the threedubmedia plugins. I added this functionality for supporting multiple elements, because I could not find a satisfactory solution anywhere else.

If you need a solution that works with the jQuery UI, here is a plugin which adds some multi-drag functionality, though the demos don't seem to work correctly in Firefox for Mac.

http://www.myphpetc.com/2009/11/jquery-ui-multiple-draggable-plugin.html

Answer

This worked for me.

Fiddle here:

var selectedObjs;
var draggableOptions = {
start: function(event, ui) {
    //get all selected...
    if (ui.helper.hasClass('selected')) selectedObjs = $('div.selected');
    else {
        selectedObjs = $(ui.helper);
        $('div.selected').removeClass('selected')
    }
},
drag: function(event, ui) {
    var currentLoc = $(this).position();
    var prevLoc = $(this).data('prevLoc');
    if (!prevLoc) {
        prevLoc = ui.originalPosition;
    }

    var offsetLeft = currentLoc.left-prevLoc.left;
    var offsetTop = currentLoc.top-prevLoc.top;

    moveSelected(offsetLeft, offsetTop);
    selectedObjs.each(function () {
           $(this).removeData('prevLoc');
        });
    $(this).data('prevLoc', currentLoc);
}
};

$('.drag').draggable(draggableOptions).click(function()     {$(this).toggleClass('selected')});


function moveSelected(ol, ot){
console.log("moving to: " + ol + ":" + ot);
selectedObjs.each(function(){
    $this =$(this);
    var p = $this.position();
    var l = p.left;
    var t = p.top;
    console.log({id: $this.attr('id'), l: l, t: t});


    $this.css('left', l+ol);
    $this.css('top', t+ot);
})
}

Thanks to ChrisThompson and green for the almost-perfect solution.

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