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React horizontal scrolling menu


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Storybook (Faster and more convinient, new examples will be here)

Codesandbox Examples (Deprecated)

Basic example

Hidden scrollbar and arrows on bottom

Select item

Drag by mouse

Click and select multiple items

Scroll by 1 item

Center items

Dynamically add items when last is visible

apiRef - controling component outside

Add item and scroll to it


Loop scroll

One centered item

Custom transition/animation

Swipe on mobile devices(need to run locally, codesandbox has issues)

Previous version V1

This is a highly customizable horizontal scrolling menu component for React. Can also use it for Amazon like items block or a Gallery. Menu component is responsive, just set width for parent container. Items width will be determined from CSS styles.

For navigation, you can use scrollbar, native touch scroll, mouse wheel or drag by mouse.

Component provide context with visible items and helpers.

Possible set default position on initialization.

Check out examples on Storybook or codesandbox.

⭐ if you like the project :)

NextJS issues

Cannot use import statement outside a module

Quick start

npm install --save react-horizontal-scrolling-menu

In project:

import React from 'react';
import { ScrollMenu, VisibilityContext } from 'react-horizontal-scrolling-menu';
import 'react-horizontal-scrolling-menu/dist/styles.css';

const getItems = () =>
    .map((_, ind) => ({ id: `element-${ind}` }));

function App() {
  const [items, setItems] = React.useState(getItems);
  const [selected, setSelected] = React.useState([]);

  const isItemSelected = (id) => !!selected.find((el) => el === id);

  const handleClick =
    (id) =>
    ({ getItemById, scrollToItem }) => {
      const itemSelected = isItemSelected(id);

      setSelected((currentSelected) =>
          ? currentSelected.filter((el) => el !== id)
          : currentSelected.concat(id),

  return (
    <ScrollMenu LeftArrow={LeftArrow} RightArrow={RightArrow}>
      {{ id }) => (
          itemId={id} // NOTE: itemId is required for track items

const LeftArrow = () => {
  const visibility = React.useContext < publicApiType > VisibilityContext;
  const isFirstItemVisible = visibility.useIsVisible('first', true);
  return (

const RightArrow = () => {
  const visibility = React.useContext < publicApiType > VisibilityContext;
  const isLastItemVisible = visibility.useIsVisible('last', false);
  return (

function Card({ onClick, selected, title, itemId }) {
  const visibility = React.useContext < publicApiType > VisibilityContext;
  const visible = visibility.useIsVisible(itemId, true);

  return (
      onClick={() => onClick(visibility)}
        width: '160px',
      <div className="card">
        <div>visible: {JSON.stringify(visible)}</div>
        <div>selected: {JSON.stringify(!!selected)}</div>
          height: '200px',

export default App;

Check out Example in example-nextjs folder for info how to implement more features like mouse drag or disable body scroll.


You can clone repository and run demo project.

git clone
npm run setup
npm run demo


Can clone repo and run storybook

git clone
npm run setup
npm run storybook

Helpers and api

Children of main ScrollMenu component(arrows, fotter, items) can use VisibilityContext to access state and callbacks. Function callbacks also pass context, eg onWheel, onScroll etc.

Properties and callbacks

Prop Signature
LeftArrow React component for left arrow
RightArrow React component for right arrow
Header React component Header
Footer React component Footer
onWheel (VisibilityContext, event) => void
onScroll (VisibilityContext, event) => void, will fire before scroll
onInit (VisibilityContext) => void
apiRef React.RefObject | React.RefCallback
containerRef React.RefObject | React.RefCallback
onUpdate (VisibilityContext) => void
onMouseDown (VisibilityContext) => (React.MouseEventHandler) => void
onMouseUp (VisibilityContext) => (React.MouseEventHandler) => void
onMouseMove (VisibilityContext) => (React.MouseEventHandler) => void
onTouchMove (VisibilityContext) => (React.TouchEventHandler) => void
onTouchStart (VisibilityContext) => (React.TouchEventHandler) => void
onTouchEnd (VisibilityContext) => (React.TouchEventHandler) => void
itemClassName ClassName of Item
scrollContainerClassName ClassName of scrollContainer
transitionDuration Duration of transitions in ms, default 500
transitionBehavior 'smooth' |'auto' | customFunction
wrapperClassName ClassName of the outer-most div
RTL Enable Right to left direction
noPolyfill Don't use polyfill for scroll, no transitions


Prop Signature
useIsVisible (itemId: string, defaultValue?: false) => boolean
getItemById itemId => IOItem | undefined
getItemElementById itemId => DOM Element | null
getItemByIndex index => IOItem | undefined
getItemElementByIndex index => DOM Element | null
getNextElement () => IOItem | undefined
getPrevElement () => IOItem | undefined
isFirstItemVisible boolean
isItemVisible itemId => boolean
isLastItem boolean
isLastItemVisible boolean
scrollNext (behavior, inline, block, ScrollOptions) => void
scrollPrev (behavior, inline, block, ScrollOptions) => void
scrollToItem (item, behavior, inline, block, ScrollOptions) => void
items ItemsMap class instance
scrollContainer Ref

items class instance

ItemsMap class store info about all items and has methods to get currently visible items, prev/next item. Also, can subscribe to updates.

Prop/method Description
subscribe subscribe for events for itemId or first, last, onInit, onUpdate, eg. items.subscribe('item5', (item) => setVisible(item.visible))
unsubscribe use in useEffect to cleanup, pass same cb instance
getVisible return only visible items
toItems return ids for all items
toArr return all items
first return first item
last return last item
prev (itemId | Item) => previous item | undefined
next (itemId | Item) => next item | undefined


NOTE: won't work with RTL prop

Can use transitionDuration, and transitionBehavior See example

ScrollOptions for scrollToItem, scrollPrev, scrollNext

Will override transition* options passed to ScrollMenu

  // target,
  behavior, // 'smooth', 'auto' or custom function
    // inline,
    // block,
      duration: number, // number in milliseconds

Other helpers


Can get previous or next visible group of items with slidingWindow(allItems: string[], visibleItems: string[]) helper, e.g

slidingWindow(allItems, visibleItems)


Can get first, center and last items, e.g.

const prevGroup = slidingWindow(allItems, visibleItems).prev()
const { first, center: centerItem, last } = getItemsPos(prevGroup)

// and scroll to center item of previous group of items
scrollToItem(getItemById(centerItem, 'smooth', 'center'))

Check out examples


Can pass Ref object to Menu, current value will assigned as VisibilityContext. But some other values can be staled, so better use it only for firing functions like scrollToItem.

For scrolling use apiRef.scrollToItem(apiRef.getItemElementById) instead of apiRef.scrollToItem(apiRef.getItemById).

Can get item outside of context via apiRef.getItemElementById(id) or directly via document.querySelector(`[data-key='${itemId}']`). See apiRef example and Add item and scroll to it

Browser support

  • Browser must support IntersectionObserver API and requestAnimationFrame or use polyfills.
  • Only modern browsers, no IE or smart toasters


My first npm project. Sorry for my english.

Any contribution and correction appreciated. Just fork repo, commit and make PR, don't forget about tests.

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