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Endless Scroll endorse

If you don't already know, endless scroll (or endless pagination, or infinite scrolling) is a popular technique among web 2.0 sites such as Google Reader and Live Image Search, where instead of paging through items using the traditional pagination technique, the page just keeps loading with new items attached to the end.


There are a few options to customise the behaviour of this plugin:

Option Type Description
bottomPixels Integer The number of pixels from the bottom of the page that triggers the event.
fireOnce Boolean Only fire once until the execution of the current event is completed.
fireDelay Integer Delays the subsequent firing, in milliseconds, 0 or false to disable delay.
loader String The HTML to be displayed during loading.
data String or Function Plain HTML data, can be either a string or a function that returns a string, when passed as a function it accepts one argument: fire sequence (the number of times the event triggered during the current page session).
insertAfter String jQuery selector syntax: where to put the loader as well as the plain HTML data.
callback Function Callback function, accepts one argument: fireSequence (the number of times the event triggered during the current page session).
resetCounter Function Resets the fire sequence counter if the function returns true, this function could also perform hook actions since it is applied at the start of the event.
ceaseFire Function Stops the event (no more endless scrolling) if the function returns true, accepts one argument: fireSequence.
intervalFrequency Integer Set the frequency of the scroll event checking, the larger the frequency number, the less memory it consumes - but also the less sensitive the event trigger becomes.

In a typical scenario, you won't be using the data option, but rather the callback option. You may use it to trigger an AJAX call and updates/inserts your page content.


// using default options
// using some custom options
  fireOnce: false,
  fireDelay: false,
  loader: '<div class="loading"><div>',
  callback: function(p){

Custom Loader Styles

You may customise the look and feel of the loader by changing:

  • The endless_scroll_loader class;
  • Or the endless_scroll_loader_<scroller_dom_html_id>.


Click here for a simple demo.

Browser Support

All modern browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, IE7+) should be supported. Please open an issue if Endless Scroll doesn't work on a particular browser.


v1.5.1 [2012-03-08]

  • Added fireSequence argument to ceaseFire.
  • Added a ceaseFire example to the demo page.
  • Fixed loader.

v1.5.0 [2012-03-08]

  • Added intervalFrequency option.
  • Endless Scroll should now consume less memory in most situations.

v1.4.8 [2011-11-18]

  • Refactored default options merge to avert side effects.

v1.4.7 [2011-11-08]

  • Compatibility fix for IE7 and IE8.

v1.4.6 [2011-10-26]

  • Fixed an issue with inner_wrap and the first scroll event.

v1.4.5 [2011-09-25]

  • ceaseFire now works as expected during a scroll event.

v1.4.4 [2011-06-28]

  • The AJAX loader should be removed when there's no more results to load.

v1.4.3 [2011-06-28]

  • The data option now accepts a fireSequence argument too.

v1.4.2 [2011-01-08]

  • Fixed a bug where calling the script on $(document) would fail.

v1.4.1 [2010-06-18]

  • Fixed a bug where the callback fires when the inner wrap hasn't been created.

v1.4 [2010-06-18]

  • Endless Scroll now works with any elements, not just $(document)!

v1.3 [2009-04-20]

  • Fixed a bug caused by fireDelay.

v1.2 [2009-01-16]

  • Added resetCounter option.

v1.1 [2009-01-15]

  • Added fireDelay option.

v1.0 [2009-01-15]

  • Initial release.

More jQuery Plugins

Check out my other jQuery plugins:

  • Inline Confirmation - One of the less obtrusive ways of implementing confirmation dialogues.
  • Slideshow Lite - An extremely lightweight slideshow plugin for jQuery.


Copyright (c) 2008-2012 Fred Wu

Dual licensed under the MIT and GPL licenses.