10 Best Custom Scrollbar JavaScript Libraries (2020 Update)

Sometimes you might find you’ve got tired of ugly browser scrollbars when browsing web pages in daily work. Here’s a list of 10 JavaScript and/or pure CSS libraries that can be used to replace and enhance the native scrollbars.

Originally Published Jan 27 2017, updated Mar 29, 2020

Note: You can also apply your own styles to the native browser scrollbars with the following CSS snippets.

/* width */
::-webkit-scrollbar {
    width: 10px;
}

/* button */
::-webkit-scrollbar-button {
    background: #222; 
}

/* Handle */
::-webkit-scrollbar-thumb {
    background: #333; 
}

/* Handle on hover */
::-webkit-scrollbar-thumb:hover {
    background: #666; 
}

/* Track */
::-webkit-scrollbar-track {
    background: #000; 
}

/* The track NOT covered by the handle.
::-webkit-scrollbar-track-piece {
    background: #000; 
}

/* Corner */
::-webkit-scrollbar-corner {
    background: #999; 
}

/* Resizer */
::-webkit-resizer {
    background: #111; 
}

Let’s get started…

1. Tiny JavaScript Plugin For Beautifying Scrollbar – perfect-scrollbar

Tiny JavaScript Plugin For Beautifying Scrollbar - perfect-scrollbar

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A lightweight JavaScript plugin that allows you to beautify the default scollbars without changing or adding any style on original elements.


2. SimpleBar

Performant Custom Scrollbar JavaScript Library – SimpleBar

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SimpleBar is a simple, standalone JavaScript library that appends a custom scrollbar to any scrollable container which has overflowing content. Works with CSS overflow: auto property and keeps the native scroll behavior.


3. smooth-scrollbar

smooth-scrollbar

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smooth-scrollbar is a JavaScript library used to create a customizable, performant scrollbar with smooth scrolling effects for scrollable content.


4. OverlayScrollbars

Elegant Themeable Custom Scrollbars – OverlayScrollbars

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OverlayScrollbars is a JavaScript library used to create elegant, customizable and themeable scrollbars on any scrollable elements.


5. SimpleScrollbar

SimpleScrollbar

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A simple, lightweight, ES6 compatible vanilla JavaScript library to create a custom scrollbar on your scrollable content on mouse hover.


6. gemini-scrollbar

gemini-scrollbar

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Custom overlay-scrollbars with native scrolling mechanism for web applications


7. fakescroll

Minimal Custom Scrollbar In Vanilla JavaScript – fakescroll

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Makes the regular browser scrollbar fully customizable via CSS.


8. slim-scroll

Minimal Custom Scrollbar In Vanilla JavaScript – fakescroll

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Slim-scroll is a Pure JavaScript plugin to replace the native browser scrollbar with one that can be easily customized via CSS.


9. Optiscroll

Optiscroll

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Optiscroll is a lightweight, highly customizable JavaScript library used to create custom horizontal and/or vertical scrollbars while preserving the native scroll behaviors.


10. MiniBar

Stylish Custom Scrollbar In Pure JavaScript – MiniBar

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MiniBar is a pure JavaScript library that allows you to create custom scrollbars using your own CSS classes. Based on the MutationObserver API.


More Resources:

Looking for more JavaScript solutions to create custom scrollbars on modern web applications? Here are some resources you might find useful:

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