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Animate the scroll to an element on the same page (automatically or manually).

JavaScript February 8, 2021


nebula.scrollTo(element, offset, speed, onlyWhenBelow, callback)


(Required) (Object) The jQuery object of the element to scroll to
Default: None

(Optional) (Integer) Pixel offset of the element
Default: None

(Optional) (Integer) How long the animated scroll should take in milliseconds
Default: 500

(Optional) (Boolean) Only scroll if the viewport is below the element (with offset)
Default: false

(Optional) (Function) A function to run after the scroll animation has completed
Default: None

Parameter Notes

offset is automatically subtracted from the element top, so positive numbers are above the element and negative numbers are below it.

Note: if a  scroll-padding-top CSS property is applied to the <body> element, it will be accounted for as well and added to the offset automatically.

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Scroll to a specific element.


Scroll to 100px above an element only when the viewport is below that point (triggered on a Bootstrap carousel slide).

jQuery('#example-bootstrap-carousel').on('', function(){
    nebula.scrollTo(jQuery('#signup-form'), 500, 100, true);

Automatically scroll to an element.

<a href="#lower-element">Click here to scroll</a>

Automatically scroll with an offset

<a href="#lower-element" data-offset="200">Click here to scroll</a>

Alternate way to automatically scroll to an element.

<a class="nebula-scrollto" href="#" data-scrollto="#lower-element" data-offset="200">Click here to scroll</a>


Click here to scroll (via href)

Click here to scroll (via JS method)

Click here to scroll (via class/attribute)

Additional Notes

This function can be called specifically to scroll to an element, but it also runs automatically on any links where the href is an ID that starts with # (unless the class no-scroll is added to the element) or when the class nebula-scrollto is present.

After scrolling, the element will be “focused” on to maintain keyboard navigability. If you’re seeing borders on elements after scrolling, this is what is happening. You can modify your CSS to change this.

It is highly recommended to use scroll-padding-top in CSS to ensure the browser accounts for the fixed header on the page if used.

Source File

Located in /assets/js/modules/helpers.js on line 265.

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nebula.scrollTo = function(element, offset = 0, speed = 500, onlyWhenBelow = false, callback){
    if ( nebula.dom.html.css('scroll-behavior') !== 'smooth' ){ //If the html has smooth scroll-behavior, use that instead of this.
        if ( !offset ){
            offset = nebula.scroll.offset || 0; //Note: This selector should be the height of the fixed header, or a hard-coded offset.

        //Account for the scroll-padding-top CSS property on the body element
        let scrollPaddingTop = parseInt(nebula.dom.body.css('scroll-padding-top'), 10); //Parse the CSS value as a base-10 integer
        if ( !isNaN(scrollPaddingTop) ){
            offset = offset + scrollPaddingTop;

        //Call this function with a jQuery object to trigger scroll to an element (not just a selector string).
        if ( element ){
            if ( typeof element === 'string' ){
                element = jQuery.find(element); //Use find here to prevent arbitrary JS execution
            } else if ( !element.jquery ){ //Check if it is already a jQuery object
                element = jQuery(element);

            if ( element.length ){
                let willScroll = true;
                if ( onlyWhenBelow ){
                    let elementTop = element.offset().top-offset;
                    let viewportTop = nebula.dom.document.scrollTop();
                    if ( viewportTop-elementTop <= 0 ){
                        willScroll = false;

                if ( willScroll ){
                    if ( !speed ){
                        speed = nebula.scroll.speed || 500;

                    jQuery('html, body').animate({
                        scrollTop: element.offset().top-offset
                    }, speed, function(){

                        if ( callback ){
                            return callback();

            return false;


To override or disable this JavaScript function, simply redeclare it with the exact same function name.

nebula.scrollTo = function(element, offset, speed, onlyWhenBelow, callback){
    //Write your own code here, leave it blank, or return false.