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Create Custom Scrollbar Using CSS

Steps how to make a nice scrollbar

I was always interested in learning about how to make a custom scrollbar and finally, I managed to do it.

First, let me show the components of a scrollbar. A scrollbar contains the thumb and the track. The thumb is the draggable scrolling handle and the track is the progress bar, the entire scrollbar itself.

Scrollbar components

The Scrollbar Width

First, we define the width of the scrollbar (width for vertical scrollbars and height for horizontal ones) using the following pseudo element: ::-webkit-scrollbar

::--webkit-scrollbar {
    width: .6em;

The Scrollbar Track

We can style the scrollbar by shadows, border-radius, background-colors and use the pseudo element: ::-webkit-scrollbar-track

::--webkit-scrollbar-track {
    background-color: transparent;

The Scrollbar Thumb

The scrollbar thumb can be styled by background-colors, gradients, shadows, border-radius. We use the pseudo element ::-webkit-scrollbar-thumb for it.

::--webkit-scrollbar-thumb {
    background-color: #e1d3cf;
    border-radius: 5px;
    border: .2em solid #25649a;

Other pseudo elements: ::-webkit-scrollbar-button - the arrows pointing upwards and downwards. ::-webkit-scrollbar-corner - the bottom corner of the scrollbar, where both horizontal and vertical scrollbars meet.

Here you can see a codepen demo and play with it:


Unfortunately, this way works on Webkit-based browsers only. For Mozilla Firefox we can use only two parameters: scrollbar-color and scrollbar-width and they should be applied to the <html> element, not the <body>.

The scrollbar-width has following values: auto, inherit, initial, none, revert, thin and unset. We can’t define a specific number.

With the scrollbar-color we define a color for both the scrollbar track and thumb as pair values.

html {
   scrollbar-color: #e1d3cf #25649a;
   scrollbar-width: thin;

In this case, we can’t use shadows, gradients, or rounded edges to style it.

That’s all folks! :tada: Thank you for reading. For further information, please, check out the MDN resource.