How to implement horizontal scrolling using Flexbox

Horizontal scrolling using Flexbox

If you create websites, chances are you have been asked to create a horizontal scrolling component. It is extremely easy to implement this using just a few lines of Flexbox. Let me show you how.

We need to create a container that will contain all the images that we want to scroll. Here is the code:

<div class="container">
<img src="images/bhutan1.jpg" alt="Bhutan">
<img src="images/bhutan2.jpg" alt="Bhutan">
<img src="images/bhutan3.jpg" alt="Bhutan">
<img src="images/bhutan4.jpg" alt="Bhutan">
<img src="images/bhutan5.jpg" alt="Bhutan">
<img src="images/bhutan6.jpg" alt="Bhutan">
<img src="images/bhutan7.jpg" alt="Bhutan">

Next step is to add styling so that the container scrolls horizontally. To do this I make the container display as flexbox. In addition, I am setting the overflow-x value to auto. Here is the style:

.container {
display: flex;
overflow-x: auto;

This is what the horizontal scroll looks like:

The initial version of our horizontal scroll

That does provide our requirement of a horizontal scroll area. I am not satisfied with how it looks. There are three things I want to change:

  • Add white space between the images
  • Get rid of the horizontal scrollbar
  • Place the scroller in the middle of the screen

The images are touching. Let’s add some white space between them. Here is the CSS for this:

.container img {
margin-right: 15px;

Next, I want to get rid of the horizontal scrollbar which I can do with this code:

.container::-webkit-scrollbar {
display: none;

The last change that I want to do is to center the scrolling area in the center of the screen. By default, the height of the html is the height of the elements. I need to make the height to be 100% of the viewport. Flexbox provides a way to center items with the align-items setting. To use this functionality, I am going to convert the body to display as flexbox. Here is the code that I am going to add for the body:

body {
display: flex;
align-items: center;
height: 100vh;

With these changes, here is what our final horizontal scroll area looks like.


It is very easy to create a horizontal scroll area using flexbox. Thanks for reading.

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