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A simple, framework-agnostic scrollspy script. Gumshoe works great with Smooth Scroll.

See Gumshoe in action on Apple's website.

Download Gumshoe / View the demo

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Getting Started

Compiled and production-ready code can be found in the dist directory. The src directory contains development code.

1. Include Gumshoe on your site.

<script src="dist/js/gumshoe.js"></script>

2. Add the markup to your HTML.

<nav data-gumshoe-header>
	<ul data-gumshoe>
		<li class="active"><a class="active" href="#eenie">Eenie</a></li>
		<li><a href="#meanie">Meanie</a></li>
		<li><a href="#minnie">Minnie</a></li>
		<li><a href="#moe">Moe</a></li>

Add the [data-gumshoe] attribute to the navigation list that Gumshoe should watch.

If you're using a fixed header, add the [data-gumshoe-header] attribute and Gumshoe will automatically offset its calculations based on the header's height and distance from the top of the page. If you have multiple fixed headers, add [data-gumshoe-header] to the last one in the markup.

3. Initialize Gumshoe.


In the footer of your page, after the content, initialize Gumshoe. And that's it, you're done. Nice work!

Installing with Package Managers

You can install Gumshoe with your favorite package manager.

  • NPM: npm install cferdinandi/gumshoe
  • Bower: bower install
  • Component: component install cferdinandi/gumshoe

Working with the Source Files

If you would prefer, you can work with the development code in the src directory using the included Gulp build system. This compiles, lints, and minifies code.


Make sure these are installed first.

Quick Start

  1. In bash/terminal/command line, cd into your project directory.
  2. Run npm install to install required files.
  3. When it's done installing, run one of the task runners to get going:
    • gulp manually compiles files.
    • gulp watch automatically compiles files and applies changes using LiveReload.

Options and Settings

Gumshoe includes smart defaults and works right out of the box. But if you want to customize things, it also has a robust API that provides multiple ways for you to adjust the default options and settings.

Global Settings

You can pass options and callbacks into Gumshoe through the init() function:

	selector: '[data-gumshoe] a', // Default link selector (must use a valid CSS selector)
	selectorHeader: '[data-gumshoe-header]', // Fixed header selector (must use a valid CSS selector)
	container: window, // The element to spy on scrolling in (must be a valid DOM Node)
	offset: 0, // Distance in pixels to offset calculations
	activeClass: 'active', // Class to apply to active navigation link and its parent list item
	scrollDelay: false, // Wait until scrolling has stopped before updating the navigation
	callback: function (nav) {} // Callback to run after setting active link

Note: The scrollDelay option can be useful in preventing the elements of your navigation from being highlighted and unhighlighted in rapid succession when quickly scrolling (e.g., with Smooth Scroll) through a page with many navigation items (e.g. a long document with a table of contents in the sidebar).

Use Gumshoe events in your own scripts

You can also call Gumshoe events in your own scripts.


Recalculate the height of document, the height of the fixed header, and how far navigation targets are from the top of the document.



Determine which navigation element is currently active and add active classes.



Destroy the current gumshoe.init(). This is called automatically during the init function to remove any existing initializations.


Browser Compatibility

Gumshoe works in all modern browsers, and IE 10 and above. You can extend browser support back to IE 9 with the classList.js polyfill.

How to Contribute

Please review the contributing guidelines.


The code is available under the MIT License.