A simple, framework-agnostic, scrollspy script. Fork of Gumshoe by cferdinandi. The lastest compiled release can be found in the dist directory.

Browser Support

There are two versions of Scrollmus: standalone and polyfill.


The standalone version supports all modern browsers; this does not include Internet Explorer. If you don’t need to support older browsers, or are including your own polyfills, use this version.

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<script src="scrollmus.min.js"></script>


The polyfill version comes preloaded with closest() and CustomEvent() polyfills. Use this version for increased browser support and/or Internet Explorer support.

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<script src="scrollmus.polyfill.min.js"></script>



Refer to the GitLab release page to download the latest version of Scrollmus.

<script src="/path/to/scrollmus.min.js"></script>


Include Scrollmus on your site via jsDelivr’s CDN. It is recommended to use a specific version number or version range to prevent major updates from breaking your site. Scrollmus uses semantic versioning.

Replace scrollmus.min.js with scrollmus.polyfill.min.js to use the polyfill version.

<!-- Latest major version -->
<script src=""></script>
<!-- Latest minor version -->
<script src=""></script>
<!-- Latest patch version -->
<script src=""></script>
<!-- Specific version -->
<script src=""></script>


The wombats of the group can use NPM.

npm install scrollmus


The only thing Scrollmus needs to work is a list of anchor links. They can be ordered or unordered, inline or unstyled, or even nested.

<ul id="my-awesome-nav">
	<li><a href="#eenie">Eenie</a></li>
	<li><a href="#meenie">Meenie</a></li>
	<li><a href="#miney">Miney</a></li>
	<li><a href="#mo">Mo</a></li>

In the footer of your page, after the include, initialize Scrollmus by passing in a selector for the navigation links that should be detected as the user scrolls.

	var spy = new Scrollmus('#my-awesome-nav a');


Scrollmus adds the .active class to the list item (<li></li>) and content for the active link, but does not include any styling.

Add styles to your CSS as desired. And that’s it, you’re done. Nice work!

#my-awesome-nav a {
	font-weight: bold;

Note: you can customize the class names with user options.


Scrollmus 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.

Options and Settings

You can pass options into Scrollmus when instantiating.

var spy = new Scrollmus('#my-awesome-nav a', {

	// Active classes
	navClass: 'active', // applied to the nav list item
	contentClass: 'active', // applied to the content

	// Nested navigation
	nested: false, // if true, add classes to parents of active link
	nestedClass: 'active', // applied to the parent items

	// Offset & reflow
	offset: 0, // how far from the top of the page to activate a content area
	reflow: false, // if true, listen for reflows

	// Event support
	events: true, // if true, emit custom events

	// End of page
	useLast: true // if true, the last page item will be set as 'active' when scrolled to bottom

Custom Events

Scrollmus emits two custom events:

  • scrollmusActivate is emitted when a link is activated.
  • scrollmusDeactivate is emitted when a link is deactivated.

Both events are emitted on the list item and bubble up. You can listen for them with the addEventListener() method. The event.detail object includes the link and content elements, and the settings for the current instantiation.

// Listen for activate events
document.addEventListener('scrollmusActivate', function (event) {

	// The list item
	var li =;

	// The link
	var link =;

	// The content
	var content = event.detail.content;

}, false);


Scrollmus also exposes several public methods.


Setups all of the calculations Scrollmus needs behind-the-scenes. If you dynamically add navigation items to the DOM after Scrollmus is instantiated, you can run this method to update the calculations.

var spy = new Scrollmus('#my-awesome-nav a');


Activate the navigation link that’s content is currently in the viewport.

var spy = new Scrollmus('#my-awesome-nav a');


Destroy the current instance of Scrollmus.

var spy = new Scrollmus('#my-awesome-nav a');


Nested Navigation

If you have a nested navigation menu with multiple levels, Scrollmus can also apply an .active class to the parent list items of the currently active link.

<ul id="my-awesome-nav">
	<li><a href="#eenie">Eenie</a></li>
		<a href="#meenie">Meenie</a>
			<li><a href="#hickory">Hickory</a></li>
			<li><a href="#dickory">Dickory</a></li>
			<li><a href="#doc">Doc</a></li>
	<li><a href="#miney">Miney</a></li>
	<li><a href="#mo">Mo</a></li>

Set nested to true when initializing. This class name can also be customized.

var spy = new Scrollmus('#my-awesome-nav a', {
	nested: true,
	nestedClass: 'active-parent'

Catching Reflows

If the content that’s linked to by your navigation has different layouts at different viewports, Scrollmus will need to detect these changes and update some calculations behind-the-scenes.

Set reflow to true to enable this (it’s off by default).

var spy = new Scrollmus('#my-awesome-nav a', {
	reflow: true

Fixed Headers

If you have a fixed header on your page, you may want to offset when a piece of content is considered “active.”

The offset user setting accepts either a number, or a function that returns a number. If you need to dynamically calculate dimensions, a function is the preferred method.

Here’s an example that automatically calculates a header’s height and offsets by that amount.

// Get the header
var header = document.querySelector('#my-header');

// Initialize Scrollmus
var spy = new Scrollmus('#my-awesome-nav a', {
	offset: function () {
		return header.getBoundingClientRect().height;

Use Last Item

By default, when the user scrolls to the bottom of the page the last item will be marked active. To prevent this behavior, set useLast to false when you call Scrollmus. When useLast is false, the item at the top of the page will continue to be marked active.

var spy = new Scrollmus('#my-awesome-nav a', {
	useLast: false


Open new issues in the GitLab Issue Tracker.


Scrollmus is distributed under the MIT License.