jQuery.kinetic is a simple plugin which adds smooth drag scrolling with gradual deceleration to containers

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Dave Taylor http://davetayls.me

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jQuery.kinetic is a simple plugin which adds smooth drag scrolling with

gradual deceleration to containers.

Major new release 2.0 has BREAKING CHANGES

See release history below for details.


This plugin works with jQuery and



  • ie: 7,8,9

  • firefox: 3.6,4,5

  • chrome: 13

  • safari: 5

  • iOS Safari: 4


Take a look at a demo on http://davetayls.me/jquery.kinetic.


cursor          {string}    default: move   Specify the cursor to use on the wrapper

  slowdown        {number}    default: 0.9    This option affects the speed at which the scroll slows

  x               {string}    default: true   Toggles movement along the x axis

  y               {string}    default: true   Toggles movement along the y axis

  maxvelocity     {number}    default: 40     This option puts a cap on speed at which the container

  can scroll

  throttleFPS     {number}    default: 60     This adds throttling to the mouse move events to boost

  performance when scrolling

  triggerHardware {boolean} false             This adds css to the wrapper which

  will trigger iOS to use hardware acceleration

  filterTarget    {function(target)}          Return false from this function to

  prevent capturing the scroll

  movingClass     {object}

  up:         {string}    default: 'kinetic-moving-up'

  down:       {string}    default: 'kinetic-moving-down'

  left:       {string}    default: 'kinetic-moving-left'

  right:      {string}    default: 'kinetic-moving-right'

  deceleratingClass {object}

  up:         {string}    default: 'kinetic-decelerating-up'

  down:       {string}    default: 'kinetic-decelerating-down'

  left:       {string}    default: 'kinetic-decelerating-left'

  right:      {string}    default: 'kinetic-decelerating-right'

  Listeners:  All listeners are called with:

  - this = jQuery object holding the scroll container

  - a single settings argument which are all the options and

  { scrollLeft, scrollTop, velocity, velocityY }

  moved       {function(settings)}           A function which is called on every move

  stopped     {function(settings)}           A function which is called once all

  movement has stopped

  Methods:    You can call methods by running the kinetic plugin

  on an element which has already been activated.

  eg  $('#wrapper').kinetic(); // activate

  $('#wrapper').kinetic('methodname', options);

  start       Start movement in the scroll container at a particular velocity.

  This velocity will not slow until the end method is called.

  The following line scrolls the container left.

  $('#wrapper#).kinetic('start', { velocity: -30 });

  The following line scrolls the container right.

  $('#wrapper#).kinetic('start', { velocity: 30 });

  The following line scrolls the container diagonally.

  $('#wrapper#).kinetic('start', { velocity: -30, velocityY: -10 });

  end         Begin slowdown of any scrolling velocity in the container.


  stop        Stop the scrolling immediately

  detach      Detach listeners and functionality from the wrapper

  attach      Re-attach listeners and functionality previously detached using

  the detach method

Add your own methods

There are some example methods in the extra-methods folder. You can also add your own.

$.Kinetic.prototype.do = function(options){

  // this -> instance of Kinetic

  // this.settings -> get current settings

  // options -> options passed in from call


  // use the method

  $('#elem').kinetic('do', { options });

Hack the core

You can now hook in to the core functionality to make changes.

var _start = $.Kinetic.prototype.start;
  $.Kinetic.prototype.start = function(options){
  // -> do something
  _start.apply(this, arguments);

Running the tests

The test suite uses grunt's server and qunit functionality. The tests are being built up

but currently cover the core functionality. This runs all qUnit Html specs in the

/test/specs folder.

  • grunt npm install -g grunt

  • install devDependencies npm install from the root of the source

Then run from the root of the source

$ grunt

Manual tests

There are manual tests as html files within the /test folder.



After several years, this plugin has had a major refactor. Big thanks to (@skovhus) for helping with this rewrite. Here's what has happened.

  • rewrite of plugin to an OO plugin


    • call methods are now attached to the $.Kinetic.prototype and have

      slightly different arguments (see docs above)

    • no more $.kinetic namespace

    • Kinetic constructor is attached to $.Kinetic

    • $('#wrapper').data('kinetic-settings') has been removed in favour of

      instance = $('#wrapper').data('kinetic'); settings = instance.settings

    • All events this context is now the instance of Kinetic. To access the $scroller which was previously the context you can use this.$el


  • fix #34, #28, now will discard any subsequent attempts to bind .kinetic()


  • tweak to hardware trigger css (@edmelly)

  • upgrade to Grunt 0.4


  • add scroll listener to trigger move events (@dennipahmah)


  • add cursor option to change the default move cursor


  • bug fix release for unbinding touch events


  • use bind for touch events to fix issues on android


  • added ability to prevent capturing scroll depending on the target

  • fix for using alongside jQuery UI draggable #14 - thanks @sidoh, @NilsHolmstrom


  • added ability to nest containers thanks @cc-lam

  • added detach/attach methods

  • added triggerHardware option


  • IE bug fixes when dragging images

  • Adding extensibility for methods by attaching functions to jQuery.

      // add the method
      $.kinetic.callMethods.do = function(settings, options){
      // method functionality
      // use the method
      $('#elem').kinetic('do', { ... });
  • Added stop method

  • Fix bug with ignored axis triggering animation frames


The scrollbar plugin is still very much an alpha version.

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