Sets a widget as a potential drop destination, and adds default behaviors.

The default behaviors listed in flags have an effect similar to installing default handlers for the widget’s drag-and-drop signals (drag-motion, drag-drop, ...). They all exist for convenience. When passing GTK_DEST_DEFAULT_ALL for instance it is sufficient to connect to the widget’s drag-data-received signal to get primitive, but consistent drag-and-drop support.

Things become more complicated when you try to preview the dragged data, as described in the documentation for drag-motion. The default behaviors described by flags make some assumptions, that can conflict with your own signal handlers. For instance GTK_DEST_DEFAULT_DROP causes invokations of gdk_drag_status() in the context of drag-motion, and invokations of gtk_drag_finish() in drag-data-received. Especially the later is dramatic, when your own drag-motion handler calls gtk_drag_get_data() to inspect the dragged data.

There’s no way to set a default action here, you can use the drag-motion callback for that. Here’s an example which selects the action to use depending on whether the control key is pressed or not:

static void
drag_motion (GtkWidget *widget,
GdkDragContext *context,
gint x,
gint y,
guint time)
GdkModifierType mask;

gdk_window_get_pointer (gtk_widget_get_window (widget),
NULL, NULL, &mask);
if (mask & GDK_CONTROL_MASK)
gdk_drag_status (context, GDK_ACTION_COPY, time);
gdk_drag_status (context, GDK_ACTION_MOVE, time);


flags GtkDestDefaults

which types of default drag behavior to use

targets TargetEntry[]

a pointer to an array of gtk.TargetEntrys indicating the drop types that this widget will accept, or NULL. Later you can access the list with gtk_drag_dest_get_target_list() and gtk_drag_dest_find_target().

actions GdkDragAction

a bitmask of possible actions for a drop onto this widget.