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Plx - React Parallax component

Lightweight and powerful React component, for creating on scroll effects aka. parallax.


Check the live demo.

I would really like to see what you people have built using Plx and create a showcase section. So please open an issue titled Showcase: <your awesome stuff> so it can be featured. Cheers!

Quick start

Get it from npm

$ npm install --save react-plx

Import and use it in your React app.

import React, { Component } from 'react';
import Plx from 'react-plx';
class Example extends Component {
  render() {
    return (
        parallaxData={ ... } // your parallax effects, see beneath
        /* Your content */

Table of contents

What is this?

This is React component which makes creating on scroll effects (aka parallax) easy. If you are not sure what it does, demo should help.

It is lightweight, and beside react, react-dom and prop-types has no dependencies, now it has small bezier-easing package. As listening to scroll event is not performant, this component uses different approach. Interval is set (every 16ms to get 60fps) to check if scroll position is changed, and if it is, it broadcasts custom event. All of the Plx components are sharing the scroll manager singleton. Interval is set when the first component is created, and cleared when last one is unmounted. Interval time can be changed through the props, but it is shared across the components.

Elements outside of viewport are not animated. This is done by using getBoundingClientRect, but there is a known bug in iOS with getBoundingClientRect and position fixed. If you get into the same problems, you can force rendering by passing animateWhenNotInViewport={ true }.

Still you need to avoid common "don't dos" when making a parallax page:

  • Avoid background-size: cover
  • Don’t animate massive images or dramatically resize them
  • Avoid animating 100 things at once
  • Only use properties that are cheap for browsers to animate - opacity and transform (scale, rotate, skew, scale)

Read this great article to find out more (that is where I got my initial inspiration).

Of course, you can break any of these rules, but test for performance to see if it works for you.

Component is written as ES module, so it will work with webpack and other module bundlers (which is standard for React apps anyway). Tested with react-create-app and my boilerplate, Marvin.

Read more about how it works in this blog post.


  • className string

    CSS class name (it will be applied along with Plx class name).

  • style object

    CSS style object, please note that properties used in parallax will be overridden by component.

  • interval number, default 16

    Interval in milliseconds, how often should interval check for scroll changes. Default 16 (60fps).

  • animateWhenNotInViewport bool, default false

    If set to true element will be animated even when it is not in the viewport. This is helpful with fixed elements in iOS due to know bug with getBoundingClientRect in iOS.

  • parallaxData array of items (item structure described beneath), required

    Main data, describes parallax segments.

Any other props will be passed to the component (for example this is useful for aria-* props).


  • start number, string or top, required

    Scroll position (in pixels or percentage of the total page scroll) where parallax effect should start. If set to top, it will start from element's top offset.

    Any other string will be considered CSS selector and it will be used with document.querySelector and it will start from that element's top offset.

    You can use offset prop to offset start.


    start={ 100 } // starts when scroll hits 100px
    start={ 'top' } // starts when plx element's top hits page top
    start={ '.MyCoolSelector' } // starts when .MyCoolSelector's top hits page top

    PLEASE NOTE that parallaxData should be sorted by start value!

  • duration number or height, required

    Value (in pixels or percentage of the total page scroll)
    how long should effect last (it will finish when scroll position equals start + duration).

    If set to height, element's height will be used instead.

    Any other string will be considered CSS selector and it will be used with document.querySelector and it will use that element's height.


    duration={ 300 } // animation will last for 300px of scroll
    duration={ 'height' } // animation will last for element's height (depending on the element passed as `start`)
  • offset number

    Start offset, useful when duration={ 'height' } is used

  • easing string, function or array, default: 'linear'

    Easing function, you can pass the name (string) to choose one of the built-in functions. Built-in easing functions are:

    • ease
    • easeIn
    • easeOut
    • easeInOut
    • easeInSine
    • easeOutSine
    • easeInOutSine
    • easeInQuad
    • easeOutQuad
    • easeInOutQuad
    • easeInCubic
    • easeOutCubic
    • easeInOutCubic
    • easeInQuart
    • easeOutQuart
    • easeInOutQuart
    • easeInQuint
    • easeOutQuint
    • easeInOutQuint
    • easeInExpo
    • easeOutExpo
    • easeInOutExpo
    • easeInCirc
    • easeOutCirc
    • easeInOutCirc

    Cubic beziers are supported, pass an array to it with four points of your custom bezier (you can copy CSS beziers).

    easing: [0.25, 0.1, 0.53, 3]

    You can even pass custom function which accepts one argument, which will be number from 0 to 1.

    // Define your custom easing
    const myCustomEasing = (x) => {
      return x * x;
    // and then pass it to Plx
    easing: myCustomEasing
  • name string (without spaces)

    Name used in animation state CSS classes

  • properties array of items (item structure described beneath), required

    List of properties to be animated


  • property string, required

    CSS property to be animated, works only on properties which accept numerical values (e.g. opacity, height...). For transform use functions instead (e.g. translateX, scale, rotate...). Supported transform functions are:

    • translateX
    • translateY
    • translateZ
    • skew
    • skewX
    • skewY
    • skewZ
    • rotate
    • rotateX
    • rotateY
    • rotateZ
    • scale
    • scaleX
    • scaleY
    • scaleZ

    Supported colors are:

    • backgroundColor
    • color
    • borderColor
    • borderTopColor
    • borderBottomColor
    • borderLeftColor
    • borderRightColor

    To keep you parallax effects performant, I strongly advice not to use anything but opacity and transforms.

  • startValue number (or string for color), required

    Start value for the effect. Property will have this value when scroll position equals parallaxData.start. For colors supported formats are: #123, #001122, rgb(0,0,255) and rgba(0,0,255,0.5).

  • endValue number (or string for color), required

    End value for the effect. Property will have this value when scroll position equals parallaxData.end. For colors supported formats are: #123, #001122, rgb(0,0,255) and rgba(0,0,255,0.5).

    Between parallaxData.start and parallaxData.end value will transition relative to scroll position.

  • unit string

    CSS unit (e.g. %, rem, em...) to be applied to property value. By default component is using pixels and degrees for rotation and skew.

Example of props

These are the exact props used in the demo

  animateWhenNotInViewport={ true }
  parallaxData={ [
      start: 50,
      duration: 300,
      name: 'first',
      properties: [
          startValue: 1,
          endValue: 0.2,
          property: 'opacity',
          startValue: 1,
          endValue: 0.5,
          property: 'scale',
          startValue: 0,
          endValue: 360,
          property: 'rotate',
      start: 400,
      duration: 300,
      name: 'second',
      properties: [
          startValue: 0,
          endValue: -100,
          unit: '%',
          property: 'translateX',
          startValue: 0.2,
          endValue: 1,
          property: 'opacity',
          startValue: 0.5,
          endValue: 1.5,
          property: 'scale',
      start: '90%',
      duration: '9%',
      name: 'third',
      properties: [
          startValue: -100,
          endValue: 100,
          unit: '%',
          property: 'translateX',
          startValue: 360,
          endValue: 0,
          property: 'rotate',
          startValue: 1.5,
          endValue: 1,
          property: 'scale',
  ] }
  <img alt='' src='' />

Animation state CSS classes

Component will also apply CSS classes that match current animation state. Classes are:

  • Plx--above scroll position is above first start position (animation isn't started yet)

  • Plx--above scroll position is below last end position (animation is finished)

  • Plx--active scroll position is below first start and last end position (animation is in progress, including between states)

  • Plx--in Plx--in-{n} scroll position is in n-th segment (Plx--in-0, Plx--in-1...). If name prop is passed (see above) it will be used instead of index (Plx--in-superDuperName).

  • Plx--between Plx--between-{a}-and-{b} scroll position is between segments a and b (Plx--between-0-and-1, Plx--between-1-and-2...) If name prop is passed (see above) it will be used instead of index (Plx--between-superDuperName-and-anotherName).

active class is applied along with bot in and between classes.

Browser support

Modern browsers and IE10+.

IE9 should work if polyfill requestAnimationFrame. But Im not supporting IE9.


Released under MIT License.