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How can a gallery slider be made draggable using JavaScript?

asked 2021-09-20 11:00:00 +0000

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answered 2021-07-22 11:00:00 +0000

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To make a gallery slider draggable using JavaScript, you can use the HTML5 Drag and Drop API. Here are the steps to do it:

  1. Select the gallery slider element and add a mousedown event listener on it.
const slider = document.querySelector('.slider');
slider.addEventListener('mousedown', handleMouseDown);
  1. In the event handler function handleMouseDown, set a flag isDragging to true and store the initial mouse position.
let isDragging = false;
let startX;
let scrollLeft;

function handleMouseDown(e) {
  isDragging = true;
  startX = e.pageX - slider.offsetLeft;
  scrollLeft = slider.scrollLeft;
  1. Add mousemove and mouseup event listeners on the document, and in the event handler functions check if isDragging is true. If it is, prevent the default behavior of the mousemove event, calculate the difference between the initial mouse position and the current mouse position, and scroll the slider element by that amount.
document.addEventListener('mousemove', handleMouseMove);

function handleMouseMove(e) {
  if (!isDragging) return;
  const x = e.pageX - slider.offsetLeft;
  const walk = (x - startX) * 3;
  slider.scrollLeft = scrollLeft - walk;

document.addEventListener('mouseup', handleMouseUp);

function handleMouseUp() {
  isDragging = false;

That's it! Now you should be able to drag the gallery slider left and right by clicking and dragging the mouse.

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Asked: 2021-09-20 11:00:00 +0000

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Last updated: Jul 22 '21