[FIXED] Cypress – Drag & drop – Angular CDK


Having a simple implementation of the Angular CDK drag & drop, with cypress.
Having latest versions of all packages, all the questions & solutions around wont work.

Basically, the drag & drop wont eve fire.

Tried with

But nothing would work.


When we found the problem, we manage to find the solution.

In a nutshell, the problem is that angular material – cdk, in latest versions, they are blocking the "drag and drop" from screen readers, for accessibility purposes. Which is ok, the problem is that the library / solutions posted, they were considered as "screen readers" as the "buttons" was 0 in the event.

In some of the cases, just by providing the "buttons = 1" would be enough, but that wasnt our case.

Because our case was a complex Drag & Drop where, you could only drag from the "handle" and you would be limited in the area of the list (so only move in Y axis) these solutions would not work.

The only & best solution that worked for US so far has been the following one:
Using the cypress plugin cypress-real-events

const selectorForDraggingElementOrHanlde = 'whatever css selector u need'
const selectorWhereToDropTheElement = 'whatever other css selector u need'

        .realMouseDown({ button: 'left', position: 'center' })
        .realMouseMove(0, 10, { position: 'center' });
cy.wait(200) // In our case, we wait 200ms cause we have animations which we are sure that take this amount of time
cy.get(selectorWhereToDropTheElement ).realMouseMove(0, 0, { position: 'center' }).realMouseUp();

Answered By – mmonteirocl

Answer Checked By – Senaida (FixeMe Volunteer)

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