Horizontal scroll snap

CSS, Interactivity · Oct 11, 2021

Creates a horizontally scrollable container that will snap on elements when scrolling.

  • Use display: grid and grid-auto-flow: column to create a horizontal layout.
  • Use scroll-snap-type: x mandatory and overscroll-behavior-x: contain to create a snap effect on horizontal scroll.
  • Change scroll-snap-align to either start, stop or center to change the snap alignment.
<div class="horizontal-snap">
  <a href="#"><img src="https://picsum.photos/id/1067/640/640"></a>
  <a href="#"><img src="https://picsum.photos/id/122/640/640"></a>
  <a href="#"><img src="https://picsum.photos/id/188/640/640"></a>
  <a href="#"><img src="https://picsum.photos/id/249/640/640"></a>
  <a href="#"><img src="https://picsum.photos/id/257/640/640"></a>
  <a href="#"><img src="https://picsum.photos/id/259/640/640"></a>
  <a href="#"><img src="https://picsum.photos/id/283/640/640"></a>
  <a href="#"><img src="https://picsum.photos/id/288/640/640"></a>
  <a href="#"><img src="https://picsum.photos/id/299/640/640"></a>
.horizontal-snap {
  margin: 0 auto;
  display: grid;
  grid-auto-flow: column;
  gap: 1rem;
  height: calc(180px + 1rem);
  padding: 1rem;
  max-width: 480px;
  overflow-y: auto;
  overscroll-behavior-x: contain;
  scroll-snap-type: x mandatory;

.horizontal-snap > a {
  scroll-snap-align: center;

.horizontal-snap img {
  width: 180px;
  max-width: none;
  object-fit: contain;
  border-radius: 1rem;

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