To get started with dnd kit, install the core library via npm or yarn:

npm install @dnd-kit/core

You'll also need to be make sure you have peer dependencies installed. Chances are you already have react and react-dom installed in your project, but if not, make sure to install them:

npm install react react-dom


dnd kit is a monorepo. Depending on your needs, you may also want to install other sub-packages that are available under the @dnd-kit namespace.

Core library

In order to keep the core of the library small, @dnd-kit/core only ships with the main building blocks that the majority of users will need most of the time for building drag and drop experiences:


Modifiers let you dynamically modify the movement coordinates that are detected by sensors. They can be used for a wide range of use cases, for example:

  • Restricting motion to a single axis

  • Restricting motion to the draggable node container's bounding rectangle

  • Restricting motion to the draggable node's scroll container bounding rectangle

  • Applying resistance or clamping the motion

The modifiers repository contains a number of useful modifiers that can be applied on DndContext as well as DraggableClone.

To start using modifiers, install the modifiers package via yarn or npm:

npm install @dnd-kit/modifiers



The @dnd-kit/core package provides all the building blocks you would need to build a sortable interface from scratch should you choose to, but thankfully you don't need to.

If you plan on building a sortable interface, we highly recommend you try out @dnd-kit/sortable, which is a small layer built on top of @dnd-kit/core and optimized for building silky smooth, flexible, and accessible sortable interfaces.

npm install @dnd-kit/sortable