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Paul Golubkov
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Improving Horizontal Scroll with CSS Scroll Snap

The pattern with horizontal scroll is frequently found in mobile versions of sites.

For example, on Airbnb's home page:

Airbnb's vertical scroll block example

It looks smooth and the scroll always stops at the beginning of a card, but there are many bad examples on the Internet when the scroll stops in random positions. I'll not provide links to these sites, but I've created a demo for you, please see it on your phone:


Try to enable and disable CSS Scroll Snap behaviour by toggling the checkbox on top of the page and see a difference when scrolling. The difference is enormous. When CSS scroll snap is enabled, the scroll behaviour is more smooth and looks like a native app.

This behaviour is achieved by 2 simple CSS rules:

.scroll-container {
  scroll-snap-type: x mandatory;

.scroll-container-child {
  scroll-snap-align: start;
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Cool, right? You can read more about CSS Scroll Snap on mdn.

Browser's support

Browser's support table

It has nice browser's support and can be used in production. Can I Use.

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Thomas Bnt • Edited

This scroll is very nice, I already added to my website for social network part. Usefull, but I searching how scroll horizontaly on desktop, some posts for that but not really correspond to what I would like to achieve. Scroll with the mouse could be awesome!

Preview of scroll horizontaly on small devices at my website

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Paul Golubkov

Your carousel looks cool, I think it can be useful on desktops