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Add kinetic scrolling functionality to a container using mouse or touch devices
JavaScript HTML CSS



Dave Taylor The MIT License (MIT)

This code has been pretty stable for a while (with it's few restrictions) and so am not actively making changes. If you want to improve it in any way feel free to submit a pull request (with tests) and I will merge in any that make sense and don't add bloat to what is a simple plugin.

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jQuery.kinetic is a simple plugin which adds smooth drag scrolling with gradual deceleration to containers.



$ bower install jquery.kinetic --save

Script tag

You can add the script to the page.

<script src="jquery.kinetic.js"></script>

Major new release 2.0 has BREAKING CHANGES

See release history below for details.


This plugin works with jQuery and Zepto


  • ie: 7,8,9
  • firefox: 3.6,4,5
  • chrome: 13
  • safari: 5
  • iOS Safari: 4


Take a look at a demo on

Filtering Clickable elements

If you need to allow events to be passed through the wrapper. For example to allow clicking on a link or an input then you can use filterTarget like so.

    filterTarget: function(target, e){
        if (!/down|start/.test(e.type)){
            return !(/area|a|input/i.test(target.tagName));


cursor          {string}    default: move   Specify the cursor to use on the wrapper
slowdown        {number}    default: 0.9    This option affects the speed at which the scroll slows
threshold       {number|function(target, e)}    default: 0   This is the number of pixels the mouse needs to move before the element starts scrolling
x               {string}    default: true   Toggles movement along the x axis
y               {string}    default: true   Toggles movement along the y axis
maxvelocity     {number}    default: 40     This option puts a cap on speed at which the container
                                            can scroll
throttleFPS     {number}    default: 60     This adds throttling to the mouse move events to boost
                                            performance when scrolling
triggerHardware {boolean} false             This adds css to the wrapper which
                                            will trigger iOS to use hardware acceleration
invert          {boolean}   default: false  Invert movement direction

filterTarget    {function(target)}          Return false from this function to
                                            prevent capturing the scroll

movingClass     {object}
    up:         {string}    default: 'kinetic-moving-up'
    down:       {string}    default: 'kinetic-moving-down'
    left:       {string}    default: 'kinetic-moving-left'
    right:      {string}    default: 'kinetic-moving-right'

deceleratingClass {object}
    up:         {string}    default: 'kinetic-decelerating-up'
    down:       {string}    default: 'kinetic-decelerating-down'
    left:       {string}    default: 'kinetic-decelerating-left'
    right:      {string}    default: 'kinetic-decelerating-right'

Listeners:  All listeners are called with:
            - this = the instance of the Kinetic class

moved       {function()}           A function which is called on every move
stopped     {function()}           A function which is called once all
                                           movement has stopped
selectStart {function()}           A function which is called on user try to drag (select text),
                                           return false to prevent selection when dragging

Methods:    You can call methods by running the kinetic plugin
            on an element which has already been activated.

            eg  $('#wrapper').kinetic(); // activate
                $('#wrapper').kinetic('methodname', options);

start       Start movement in the scroll container at a particular velocity.
            This velocity will not slow until the end method is called.

            The following line scrolls the container left.
            $('#wrapper#).kinetic('start', { velocity: -30 });

            The following line scrolls the container right.
            $('#wrapper#).kinetic('start', { velocity: 30 });

            The following line scrolls the container diagonally.
            $('#wrapper#).kinetic('start', { velocity: -30, velocityY: -10 });

end         Begin slowdown of any scrolling velocity in the container.

stop        Stop the scrolling immediately

detach      Detach listeners and functionality from the wrapper

attach      Re-attach listeners and functionality previously detached using
            the detach method

Add your own methods

There are some example methods in the extra-methods folder. You can also add your own.

$ = function(options){
  // this -> instance of Kinetic
  // this.settings -> get current settings
  // options -> options passed in from call

// use the method
$('#elem').kinetic('do', { options });

Hack the core

You can now hook in to the core functionality to make changes.

var _start = $.Kinetic.prototype.start;
$.Kinetic.prototype.start = function(options){
  // -> do something
  _start.apply(this, arguments);

Running the tests

The test suite uses grunt's server and qunit functionality. The tests are being built up but currently cover the core functionality. This runs all qUnit Html specs in the /test/specs folder.

  • grunt npm install -g grunt
  • install devDependencies npm install from the root of the source

Then run from the root of the source

$ grunt

Manual tests

There are manual tests as html files within the /test folder.

Releasing a new version

Releasing a small fix or change. The following will update the patch version number.

$ grunt release

Releasing a potentially breaking feature. The following will update the minor version number.

$ grunt release:minor





  • Fix touch and mouse bindings so that an external pointing device can be used with a touchscreen device.


  • Fix detach scroll event for touch devices (@Jaemu)


  • Fix the useTarget call to include the event as per the example in the readme for ignoring scroll events. (@mooreOn)


  • only prevent drag and drop if element is usable target (@andrew-pause)


  • changes to allow attaching to <body> with $('body').kinetic() #61


After several years, this plugin has had a major refactor. Big thanks to (@skovhus) for helping with this rewrite. Here's what has happened.

  • rewrite of plugin to an OO plugin
    • call methods are now attached to the $.Kinetic.prototype and have slightly different arguments (see docs above)
    • no more $.kinetic namespace
    • Kinetic constructor is attached to $.Kinetic
    • $('#wrapper').data('kinetic-settings') has been removed in favour of instance = $('#wrapper').data('kinetic'); settings = instance.settings
    • All events this context is now the instance of Kinetic. To access the $scroller which was previously the context you can use this.$el


  • fix #34, #28, now will discard any subsequent attempts to bind .kinetic()


  • tweak to hardware trigger css (@edmelly)
  • upgrade to Grunt 0.4


  • add scroll listener to trigger move events (@dennipahmah)


  • add cursor option to change the default move cursor


  • bug fix release for unbinding touch events


  • use bind for touch events to fix issues on android


  • added ability to prevent capturing scroll depending on the target
  • fix for using alongside jQuery UI draggable #14 - thanks @sidoh, @NilsHolmstrom


  • added ability to nest containers thanks @cc-lam
  • added detach/attach methods
  • added triggerHardware option


  • IE bug fixes when dragging images
  • Adding extensibility for methods by attaching functions to jQuery.

    // add the method
    $ = function(settings, options){
        // method functionality
    // use the method
    $('#elem').kinetic('do', { ... });
  • Added stop method

  • Fix bug with ignored axis triggering animation frames
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