A lightweight, dependency-free scrollbar library written in vanilla javascript.

- Fully customisable via CSS - Native scrolling behaviour preserved - Vertical and horizontal scroll support - Textarea support - Horizontal scrolling with mousewheel

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Programming language: JavaScript
License: MIT License
Tags: Scroll     Scrolling     scrollbar    
Latest version: v0.5.1

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A lightweight, dependency-free scrollbar library written in vanilla javascript.

  • Fully customisable via CSS
  • Native scrolling behaviour preserved
  • Vertical and horizontal scroll support
  • Textarea support
  • Horizontal scrolling with mousewheel

Demo | Changelog


MiniBar is currently in a pre-release state so is not yet suitable for production so use with care. The API will be in constant flux until v1.0.0 is released so check back for any changes.

Horizontal scrolling with mousewheel and textarea support are experimental and may not work in certain browsers.

MiniBar utilizes the MutationObserver API to automatically detect changes in content so the dimensions can be updated. It will only use the API if your browser supports it. If it doesn't then you must call the update() method when adding / removing / updating the containers content otherwise the scroll bar position and size will be incorrect.


These methods install original MiniBar from Moebius1


bower install minibarjs


npm install minibarjs


Grab the files from the CDN and include them in your project:

<link href="https://unpkg.com/minibarjs@latest/dist/minibar.min.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">
<script src="https://unpkg.com/minibarjs@latest/dist/minibar.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

You can replace latest with the required release number if needed.


You can instantiate MiniBar by passing a reference to your content as the first parameter of the constructor as either a DOM node or a CSS3 selector string:

new MiniBar(document.getElementById('myContent'));

// or

new MiniBar('#myContent');

MiniBar also accepts an object as a second parameter of the constructor for user defined options:

new MiniBar('#myContent', {
    barType: "default",
    minBarSize: 10,
    hideBars: false,  /* v0.4.0 and above */
    alwaysShowBars: false,
    horizontalMouseScroll: false,

    scrollX: true,
    scrollY: true,

    navButtons: false,
    scrollAmount: 10,

    mutationObserver: {
        attributes: false,
        childList: true,
        subtree: true

     /* v0.4.0 and above */
    onInit: function() {
    /* do something on init */

     /* v0.4.0 and above */
    onUpdate: function() {
    /* do something on update */

     /* v0.4.0 and above */
    onScroll: function() {
    /* do something on init */

    classes: {
        container: "mb-container",
        content: "mb-content",
        track: "mb-track",
        bar: "mb-bar",
        visible: "mb-visible",
        progress: "mb-progress",
        hover: "mb-hover",
        scrolling: "mb-scrolling",
        textarea: "mb-textarea",
        wrapper: "mb-wrapper",
        nav: "mb-nav",
        btn: "mb-button",
        btns: "mb-buttons",
        increase: "mb-increase",
        decrease: "mb-decrease",
        item: "mb-item", /* v0.4.0 and above */
        itemVisible: "mb-item-visible", /* v0.4.0 and above */
        itemPartial: "mb-item-partial", /* v0.4.0 and above */
        itemHidden: "mb-item-hidden" /* v0.4.0 and above */

You can also define global options with the MiniBarOptions object:

MiniBarOptions = {
    barType: "default",
    minBarSize: 10,
    hideBars: false,


hideBars (v0.4.0 and above)

Type: Boolean
Default: false

When set to true the scrollbars will be hidden.


Type: Integer
Default: 50

Sets the minimum size of the scrollbars. This can prevent the scollbar becoming to small when you have a ton of content.


Type: Boolean
Default: false

By default the scrollbars aren't visible until hovering over the content. Set this to true to keep the scrollbars visible at all times.


Type: String
Default: default

Set to progress to display the scrollbars as progress bars.

observableItems (v0.4.0 and above)

Type: Mixed
Default: false

Allows MiniBar to observe descendents and determine whether they're fully or partially visible within the scrolling container or completely out of view.

To use you must pass a CSS3 selector string of the scrolling containers descendents that you want to monitor. When monitored, each descendant will have a className added depending on it's visibility:

  • .mb-item-visible - item boundaries are completely within the scrolling container.
  • .mb-item-partial - item is visible, but it's boundaries are not completely within the scrolling container.
  • .mb-item-hidden - item is not visible.

NOTE: Your browser must support the IntersectionObserver API for this to work. The only code run in it's callback is the className changes, so latency is kept to a minimum.


Type: Boolean
Default: false

Allow horizontal scrolling with the mousewheel.


Type: Object
Default: false

Enable scrollbars with navigation buttons.


Type: Integer
Default: 10

Increase or decrease the amount scrolled when clicking a nav button.


Type: Integer
Default: 100

Increase or decrease the amount scrolled when rolling mouse wheel.

Public Methods


Destroy the current instance. Removes all nodes and event listeners attached to the DOM by MiniBar.


Initialise the instance after destroying.


Recalculate scollbar sizes / positions. This method is called automatically when the content and window are resized or if content is added / removed. You can call this method manually if you add or remove content.

scrollTo(position, axis) (v0.4.0 and above)

 * @param  {Number|String}  position   | Position to scroll to
 * @param  {String}         axis       | Scroll axis

Scroll the content to the defined position. This can either be an integer to represent the position in pixels to scroll to or "start" / "end" to scroll to the start / end position.

scrollBy(amount, axis, duration, easing)

 * @param  {Number}     amount   Number of pixels to scroll
 * @param  {String}     axis     Scroll axis
 * @param  {Number}     duration Duration of scroll animation in ms
 * @param  {Function}   easing   Easing function

Scroll the content by a certain amount. You can define which axis to scroll with the axis parameter (defaults to "y").

By default this method animates the scrolling. To control the duration of the animation simply set the number of ms with the duration parameter. Setting to 0 will disable animation.

The default easing used is easeOutQuad, but you can pass your own easing function with the easing parameter.

scrollToTop() (v0.5.0 and above)

Scroll the container to the top

scrollToBottom() (v0.5.0 and above)

Scroll the container to the bottom

To Do

  • Add touch / mobile support
  • Implement Mutation Observers to detect DOM changes? Added in v0.3.0

Copyright © 2017 Karl Saunders | MIT license

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the MiniBar README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.