Scrollspy, animated scrollTo and scroll events for angular.js


Angular Core Dependency: ^1.2.16

Module License: MIT

Added by: Sam Deering





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Module Description


Angular is only dependency (no jQuery). 8K minified or 2K gzipped.


Check out the live demo or the source code.


With bower:

$ bower install angular-scroll

With npm (for use with browserify):

$ npm install angular-scroll

You can also download the production versionor the development version.

If you prefer a CDN hosted version (which might speed up your load times), check out

Don't forget to add duScroll to your module dependencies.

angular.element Scroll API

This module extends the angular.element object with a few jQuery like functions. Note that $document is an angular.element, for usage example see below. In case of name collisions existing jQuery or jqlite functions will be preserved, just use the prefixed version: ie .duScrollTo() instead of .scrollTo().

.scrollTo( left, top [, duration [, easing ] ] )

Scrolls the element/window to the specified left/top position. If duration is specified the scrolling is animated for n milliseconds. If easing is ommited the animation will default to the duScrollEasing function.

.scrollTo( element [, offset, [, duration [, easing ] ] ] )

Alias of .scrollToElement.

.scrollToElement( element [, offset, [, duration [, easing ] ] ] )

Scrolls to the specified element, if offset is passed it will be subtracted from the elements position which is good if one uses floating menus.

.scrollToElementAnimated( element [, offset, [, duration [, easing ] ] ] )

Convenience function. Works exactly the same as scrollToElement but uses the default values from duScrollOffset, duScrollDuration and duScrollEasing unless otherwise specified.

.scrollTop|scrollLeft( )

Returns current scroll position.

.scrollTop|scrollLeft( top [, duration [, easing ] ] )

Scrolls to specified position in either axis, with optional animation.

.scrollTopAnimated|scrollLeftAnimated( top [, duration [, easing ] ] )

Convenience function like scrollToElementAnimated but for scrollTop/scrollLeft.


Animated scrolling returns a $q promise, it will resolve when the scrolling has finished or be rejected if cancelled (by starting another scroll animation before it finished).


angular.module('myApp', ['duScroll']).
  controller('myCtrl', function($scope, $document) {
    var top = 400;
    var duration = 2000; //milliseconds

    //Scroll to the exact position
    $document.scrollTop(top, duration).then(function() {
      console && console.log('You just scrolled to the top!');

    var offset = 30; //pixels; adjust for floating menu, context etc
    //Scroll to #some-id with 30 px "padding"
    //Note: Use this in a directive, not with document.getElementById 
    var someElement = angular.element(document.getElementById('some-id'));
    $document.scrollToElement(someElement, offset, duration);

The above example can be achieved by configuration instead of arguments:

angular.module('myApp', ['duScroll'])
  .value('duScrollDuration', 2000)
  .value('duScrollOffset', 30)
  .controller('myCtrl', function($scope, $document) {
    $document.scrollTopAnimated(400).then(function() {
      console && console.log('You just scrolled to the top!');

    var someElement = angular.element(document.getElementById('some-id'));



Provides smooth anchor scrolling.

<a href="#anchor" du-smooth-scroll>Scroll it!</a>

If you for some reason you do not want to use the href attribute as fallback, just use the du-smooth-scroll attribute instead but without leading #. Example: <a du-smooth-scroll="anchor">.


Observes whether the target element is at the top of the viewport (or container) and adds an active class if so. Takes optional offset and duration attributes which is passed on to .scrollTo,

<a href="#anchor" du-scrollspy>Am i active?</a>

or together with Bootstrap

<ul class="nav navbar-nav">
  <li du-scrollspy="anchor"><a href="#anchor">Link</a></li>


Enables multiple sets of spies on the same target element. Takes optional offset attribute to

<ul du-spy-context class="nav navbar-nav">
  <li du-scrollspy="anchor"><a href="#anchor">Link</a></li>
<ul du-spy-context class="nav navbar-nav">
  <li du-scrollspy="anchor"><a href="#anchor">Link</a></li>


Modifies behavior of du-scrollspy and du-smooth-scroll to observe/scroll within and element instead of the window/document. Good for modals/elements with overflow: auto/scroll.

<div du-scroll-container>
  <p id="top">This is the top</p>
  <p id="anchor">Scroll to me, or <a href="#top" du-smooth-scroll>the top</a></p>

If your links lie outside of the scrollable element, wrap them with the du-scroll-container directive and send the element id as argument:

<ul du-scroll-container="scroll-container">
  <li><a href="#anchor" du-smooth-scroll>Link</a></li>
<div id="scroll-container">

All in together now

The directives play well together, try the demo or inspect its source code.

<ul du-spy-context du-scroll-container="scroll-container">
  <li><a href="#anchor" offset="30" du-smooth-scroll du-scrollspy>Link</a></li>
<ul du-spy-context du-scroll-container="scroll-container">
  <li><a href="#anchor" offset="30" du-smooth-scroll du-scrollspy>Link</a></li>
<div id="scroll-container">

Observing Scroll Position

NOTE: the $duScrollChanged event and the scrollPosition service are deprecated. Use angular.element().on() together with .scrollTop() instead.

angular.module('myApp', ['duScroll']).
  controller('MyCtrl', function($scope, $document){
    $document.on('scroll', function() {
      console.log('Document scrolled to ', $document.scrollLeft(), $document.scrollTop());
    var container = angular.element(document.getElementById('container'));
    container.on('scroll', function() {
      console.log('Container scrolled to ', container.scrollLeft(), container.scrollTop());


Scroll speed

Duration is defined in milliseconds.

To set a scroll duration on a single anchor:

<a href="#anchor" du-smooth-scroll duration="5000">Scroll it!</a>

To change the default duration:

angular.module('myApp', ['duScroll']).value('duScrollDuration', 5000);

Scroll easing

Set the duScrollEasing value to a function that takes and returns a value between 0 to 1. Here's a few examples to choose from.

function invertedEasingFunction(x) {
  return 1-x;
angular.module('myApp', ['duScroll']).value('duScrollEasing', invertedEasingFunction);

You can also pass a custom easing function as the fourth argument in scrollTo.

Greedy option

Set the duScrollGreedy value to true if the elements you are observing are not wrapping the whole section you want to observe, but merely the first one in the section (such as headlines).

angular.module('myApp', ['duScroll']).value('duScrollGreedy', true);


To change default offset (in pixels) for the du-smooth-scroll directive:

angular.module('myApp', ['duScroll']).value('duScrollOffset', 30);

When to cancel scroll animation

Specify on which events on the container the scroll animation should be cancelled by modifying duScrollCancelOnEvents, set to false to disable entirely as shown below. Defaults to scroll mousedown mousewheel touchmove keydown.

angular.module('myApp', ['duScroll']).value('duScrollCancelOnEvents', false);

Bottom spy

To make the last du-scrollspy link active when scroll reaches page/container bottom:

angular.module('myApp', ['duScroll']).value('duScrollBottomSpy', true);


The duScrollspy directive fires the global events duScrollspy:becameActive and duScrollspy:becameInactive with an angular.element wrapped element as first argument. This is nice to have if you want the URL bar to reflect where on the page the visitor are, like this:

angular.module('myApp', ['duScroll']).
  run(function($rootScope) {
    if(!window.history || !history.replaceState) {
    $rootScope.$on('duScrollspy:becameActive', function($event, $element){
      //Automaticly update location
      var hash = $element.prop('hash');
      if (hash) {
        history.replaceState(null, null, hash);


$ gulp


Unit tests

$ npm test

End to end tests

$ npm run update-webdriver
$ npm run protractor

Module stats last updated: 2017-02-07 16:00:04

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