How to move an element into another element?

I would like to move one DIV element inside another. For example, I want to move this (including all children):

<div id="source">

into this:

<div id="destination">

so that I have this:

<div id="destination">
  <div id="source">

You may want to use the appendTo function (which adds to the end of the element):


Alternatively you could use the prependTo function (which adds to the beginning of the element):



$("#appendTo").click(function() {
$("#prependTo").click(function() {
#main {
  border: 2px solid blue;
  min-height: 100px;

.moveMeIntoMain {
  border: 1px solid red;
<script src=""></script>
<div id="main">main</div>
<div id="moveMeIntoMain" class="moveMeIntoMain">move me to main</div>

<button id="appendTo">appendTo main</button>
<button id="prependTo">prependTo main</button>

my solution:





Note the usage of .detach(). When copying, be careful that you are not duplicating IDs.

I just used:


Which I grabbed from here.

If the div where you want to put your element has content inside, and you want the element to show after the main content:


If the div where you want to put your element has content inside, and you want to show the element before the main content:


If the div where you want to put your element is empty, or you want to replace it entirely:

$("#element").html('<div id="source">...</div>');

If you want to duplicate an element before any of the above:

// etc.

What about a JavaScript solution?

Declare a fragment:

var fragment = document.createDocumentFragment();

Append desired element to the fragment:


Append fragment to desired element:


Check it out.

You can use:

To Insert After,


To Insert inside another element,


Ever tried plain JavaScript... destination.appendChild(source); ?

onclick = function(){ destination.appendChild(source); }
div{ margin: .1em; } 
#destination{ border: solid 1px red; }
#source {border: solid 1px gray; }
<!DOCTYPE html>


  <div id="destination">
  <div id="source">


If you want a quick demo and more details about how you move elements, try this link:

Here is a short example:

To move ABOVE an element:


To move AFTER an element:


To move inside an element, ABOVE ALL elements inside that container:


To move inside an element, AFTER ALL elements inside that container:


You can use following code to move source to destination


try working codepen

function move() {
  color: #ffffff;
  color: #ffffff;
<script src=""></script>
<div id="source">
I am source

<div id="destination">
I am destination

<button onclick="move();">Move</button>

Old question but got here because I need to move content from one container to another including all the event listeners.

jQuery doesn't have a way to do it but standard DOM function appendChild does.

//assuming only one .source and one .target
$('.source').on('click',function(){console.log('I am clicked');});

Using appendChild removes the .source and places it into target including it's event listeners:

You may also try:


But this will completely overwrite anything you have in #destination.

I noticed huge memory leak & performance difference between insertAfter & after or insertBefore & before .. If you have tons of DOM elements, or you need to use after() or before() inside a MouseMove event, the browser memory will probably increase and next operations will run really slow.

The solution I've just experienced is to use inserBefore instead before() and insertAfter instead after().

You can use pure JavaScript, using appendChild() method...

The appendChild() method appends a node as the last child of a node.

Tip: If you want to create a new paragraph, with text, remember to create the text as a Text node which you append to the paragraph, then append the paragraph to the document.

You can also use this method to move an element from one element to another.

Tip: Use the insertBefore() method to insert a new child node before a specified, existing, child node.

So you can do that to do the job, this is what I created for you, using appendChild(), run and see how it works for your case:

function appendIt() {
  var source = document.getElementById("source");
#source {
  color: white;
  background: green;
  padding: 4px 8px;

#destination {
  color: white;
  background: red;
  padding: 4px 8px;

button {
  margin-top: 20px;
<div id="source">

<div id="destination">

<button onclick="appendIt()">Move Element</button>

For the sake of completeness, there is another approach wrap() or wrapAll() mentioned in this article. So the OP's question could possibly be solved by this (that is, assuming the <div id="destination" /> does not yet exist, the following approach will create such a wrapper from scratch - the OP was not clear about whether the wrapper already exists or not):

$("#source").wrap('<div id="destination" />')
// or
$(".source").wrapAll('<div id="destination" />')

It sounds promising. However, when I was trying to do $("[id^=row]").wrapAll("<fieldset></fieldset>") on multiple nested structure like this:

<div id="row1">
    <input ...>

It correctly wraps those <div>...</div> and <input>...</input> BUT SOMEHOW LEAVES OUT the <label>...</label>. So I ended up use the explicit $("row1").append("#a_predefined_fieldset") instead. So, YMMV.

dirty size improvement of Bekim Bacaj answer

div { border: 1px solid ; margin: 5px }
<div id="source" onclick="destination.appendChild(this)">click me</div>
<div id="destination" >...</div>