A Drag & drop hierarchical list made as a vue component

A Drag & drop hierarchical list made as a vue component

Drag & drop hierarchical list made as a vue component.


Drag & drop hierarchical list made as a vue component.

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  • A simple vue component to create a draggable list to customizable items
  • Reorder items by dragging them above another item
  • Intuitively nest items by dragging right
  • Fully customizable, ships with no CSS
  • Everything is configurable: item identifier, max nesting level, threshold for nesting

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Live Demo


Install the plugin:

npm install --save vue-nestable

Use the plugin in your app:

import Vue from 'vue'
import VueNestable from 'vue-nestable'


You can also import the components on-demand, if you wish to do so:

import { VueNestable, VueNestableHandle } from 'vue-nestable'

export default {
  components: {


You only need two components: vue-nestable which renders the list and vue-nestable-handle which indicates the area the user can drag the item by.

Important Note: Each item must have a unique id property and it must be a valid css class name. It can not contain a :, ,, ., ; or other special characters that are invalid in a css class name.


  <vue-nestable v-model="nestableItems">
      slot-scope="{ item }"
      {{ item.text }}


<script type="text/babel">
export default {
  data () {
    return {
      nestableItems: [
          id: 0,
          text: 'Andy'
        }, {
          id: 1,
          text: 'Harry',
          children: [{
            id: 2,
            text: 'David'
        }, {
          id: 3,
          text: 'Lisa'


By default, vue-nestable comes without any styling. Which means you can customize the appearance completely to your needs. However, if you want you can take a look at the style used in the demo: docs/assets/vue-nestable.css


Property Type Default Description
value Array [ ] Array of objects to be used in the list. Important: Each item must have a unique key by which it can be identified. By default the key is assumed to be named id but you can change it by setting the keyProp property.
threshold Number 30 Amount of pixels by which the mouse must be move horizontally before increasing/decreasing level (nesting) of current element.
maxDepth Number 10 Maximum available level of nesting. Setting this to 0 will prevent dragging altogether.
group String or Number random String Different group numbers may be passed if you have more than one nestable component on a page and want some extra styles for portal instances.
keyProp String (Optional) 'id' Name of the property that uniquely identifies an item.
childrenProp String (Optional) 'children' Name of the property that holds an array of children.
class String (Optional) null Name of the property for classes to add to the item.


Slot Name Props Description
default item, index, isChild This slot is used to render the items in the list, use the scoped-slot property item to render the element.
placeholder Lets you define a custom template that is used when no elements are in the list


Event Parameters Description
input value triggered whenever the list changes
change value, options triggered when the user dropped the item. options is passed as the second parameter in the event and contains the following properties: { items, pathTo }

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