Automatically make same-page links scroll smoothly
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Smooth Scroll Plugin



  • Allows for easy implementation of smooth scrolling for same-page links.
  • Works like this: $('a').smoothScroll();
  • Specify a containing element if you want: $('#container a').smoothScroll();
  • Exclude links if they are within a containing element: $('#container a').smoothScroll({excludeWithin: ['.container2']});
  • Exclude links if they match certain conditions: $('a').smoothScroll({exclude: ['.rough','#chunky']});
  • Adjust where the scrolling stops: $('.backtotop').smoothScroll({offset: -100});
  • Add a callback function that is triggered after the scroll is complete: $('a').smoothScroll({afterScroll: function() { alert('we made it!'); }});
  • Add back button support by including a history management plugin such as "Ben Alman's BBQ": See demo/bbq.html for an example of how to implement this.


The following options, shown with their default values, are available for both $.fn.smoothScroll and $.smoothScroll:

      offset: 0,
      direction: 'top', // one of 'top' or 'left'
      scrollTarget: null, // only use if you want to override default behavior
      afterScroll: null,   // function to be called after scrolling occurs. "this" is the triggering element
      easing: 'swing',
      speed: 400

The options map for $.fn.smoothScroll can take two additional properties: exclude and excludeWithin. The value for both of these is an array of selectors, DOM elements or jQuery objects. Default value for both is an empty array.


  • Utility method works without a selector: $.smoothScroll()

  • Can be used to scroll any element (not just document.documentElement / document.body)

  • Doesn't automatically fire, so you need to bind it to some other user interaction. For example:

      $('button.scrollsomething').click(function() {
          scrollElement: $('div.scrollme'),
          scrollTarget: '#findme'
        return false;
  • The $.smoothScroll method can take one or two arguments.

    • If the first argument is a number, the document is scrolled to that position. If it's an options map, those options determine how the document (or other element) will be scrolled.
    • If a number is provided as the second argument, it will override whatever may have been set for the scrollTarget option.

Additional Option

The following option, in addition to those listed above, is available for $.smoothScroll:

  // jQuery set of elements you wish to scroll.
  //  if null (default), $('html, body').firstScrollable() is used.
  scrollElement: null,


  • Selects the matched element(s) that are scrollable. Acts just like a DOM traversal method such as .find() or .next().
  • The resulting jQuery set may consist of zero, one, or multiple elements.


  • Selects the first matched element that is scrollable. Acts just like a DOM traversal method such as .find() or .next().
  • The resulting jQuery set may consist of zero or one element.
  • This method is used internally by the plugin to determine which element to use for "document" scrolling: $('html, body').firstScrollable().animate({scrollTop: someNumber}, someSpeed)


  • The plugin's $.fn.smoothScroll and $.smoothScroll methods use the $.fn.firstScrollable DOM traversal method (also defined by this plugin) to determine which element is scrollable. If no elements are scrollable, these methods return a jQuery object containing an empty array, just like all of jQuery's other DOM traversal methods. Any further chained methods, therefore, will be called against no elements (which, in most cases, means that nothing will happen).