Options and Settings

Smooth Scroll includes smart defaults and works right out of the box. But if you want to customize things, it also has a robust API that provides multiple ways for you to adjust the default options and settings.

Global Settings

You can pass options and callbacks into Smooth Scroll through the init() function:

    // Selectors
    selector: '[data-scroll]', // Selector for links (must be a valid CSS selector)
    ignore: '[data-scroll-ignore]' // Selector to ignore (won't animate scrolling on links with this selector)
    selectorHeader: null, // Selector for fixed headers (must be a valid CSS selector) [optional]

    // Speed & Easing
    speed: 500, // Integer. How fast to complete the scroll in milliseconds
    offset: 0, // Integer or Function returning an integer. How far to offset the scrolling anchor location in pixels
    easing: 'easeInOutCubic', // Easing pattern to use

    // Custom easing patterns.
    // Must be an object with the easing name as the key
    // Each pattern must be a function, with `time` as the argument, that returns the pattern
    easingPatterns: {
        myCustomEasingPattern: function (time) {
            return time * (2 - time);

    // Callback API
    before: function (anchor, toggle) {}, // Function to run before scrolling starts
    after: function (anchor, toggle) {} // Function to run after scrolling completes

Note: To programatically add Smooth Scroll to all anchor links on a page, pass selector: 'a[href*="#"]' into init.

Easing Options

Linear Moves at the same speed from start to finish.

  • Linear

Ease-In Gradually increases in speed.

  • easeInQuad
  • easeInCubic
  • easeInQuart
  • easeInQuint

Ease-In-Out Gradually increases in speed, peaks, and then gradually slows down.

  • easeInOutQuad
  • easeInOutCubic
  • easeInOutQuart
  • easeInOutQuint

Ease-Out Gradually decreases in speed.

  • easeOutQuad
  • easeOutCubic
  • easeOutQuart
  • easeOutQuint

Learn more about the different easing patterns and what they do at easings.net.

Override settings with data attributes

Smooth Scroll also lets you override global settings on a link-by-link basis using the [data-options] data attribute.

<a data-scroll
                    "speed": 500,
                    "easing": "easeInOutCubic",
                    "offset": 0
    Anchor Link

Note: You must use valid JSON in order for the data-options feature to work. Does not support the before and after callback methods, or the easingPatterns object.

Use Smooth Scroll events in your own scripts

You can also call Smooth Scroll's scroll animation events in your own scripts.


Animate scrolling to an anchor.

    anchor, // Node to scroll to, OR an integer. ex. document.querySelector( '#bazinga' )
    toggle, // Node that toggles the animation. ex. document.querySelector( '#toggle' )
    options // Classes and callbacks. Same options as those passed into the init() function.

Example 1

var anchor = document.querySelector( '#bazinga' );
smoothScroll.animateScroll( anchor );

Example 2

var anchor = document.querySelector( '#bazinga' );
var toggle = document.querySelector('#toggle');
var options = { speed: 1000, easing: 'easeOutCubic' };
smoothScroll.animateScroll( anchor, toggle, options );

Example 3

// You can optionally pass in a y-position to scroll to as an integer
smoothScroll.animateScroll( 750 );


Destroy the current smoothScroll.init(). This is called automatically during the init function to remove any existing initializations.


Fixed Headers

If you're using a fixed header, Smooth Scroll will automatically offset scroll distances by the header height. Pass in a valid CSS selector for your fixed header as an option to the init.

If you have multiple fixed headers, pass in the last one in the markup.

<nav data-scroll-header>
        selectorHeader: '[data-scroll-header]'