Programming language: JavaScript
License: GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
Tags: UI Components     Sticky     React    
Latest version: v3.0.4

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A performant and comprehensive React sticky component.

A sticky component wraps a sticky target and keeps the target in the viewport as the user scrolls the page. Most sticky components handle the case where the sticky target is shorter than the viewport, but not the case where a sticky target is taller than the viewport. The reason is that the expected behavior and implementation is much more complicated.

react-stickynode handles not only regular case but the long sticky target case in a natural way. In the regular case, when scrolling the page down, react-stickynode will stick to the top of the viewport. But in the case of a taller sticky target, it will scroll along with the page until its bottom reaches the bottom of the viewport. In other words, it looks like the bottom of viewport pulls the bottom of a sticky target down when scrolling the page down. On the other hand, when scrolling the page up, the top of viewport pulls the top of a sticky target up.

This behavior gives the content in a tall sticky target more chance to be shown. This is especially good for the case where many ADs are in the right rail.

Another highlight is that react-stickynode can handle the case where a sticky target uses percentage as its width unit. For a responsive designed page, it is especially useful.


  • Retrieve scrollTop only once for all sticky components.
  • Listen to throttled scrolling to have better performance.
  • Use rAF to update sticky status to have better performance.
  • Support top offset from the top of screen.
  • Support bottom boundary to stop sticky status.
  • Support any sticky target with various width units.


npm install react-stickynode

The sticky uses Modernizr csstransforms3d and prefixed (link) features to detect IE8/9, so it can downgrade not to use transform3d.

import Sticky from 'react-stickynode';

<Sticky enabled={true} top={50} bottomBoundary={1200}>
    <YourComponent />
import Sticky from 'react-stickynode';

<Sticky top="#header" bottomBoundary="#content">
    <YourComponent />


Name Type Note
enabled Boolean The switch to enable or disable Sticky (true by default).
top Number/String The offset from the top of window where the top of the element will be when sticky state is triggered (0 by default). If it is a selector to a target (via querySelector()), the offset will be the height of the target.
bottomBoundary Number/String The offset from the top of document which release state will be triggered when the bottom of the element reaches at. If it is a selector to a target (via querySelector()), the offset will be the bottom of the target.
innerZ Number/String z-index of the sticky.
enableTransforms Boolean Enable the use of CSS3 transforms (true by default).
activeClass String Class name to be applied to the element when the sticky state is active (active by default).
innerClass String Class name to be applied to the inner element ('' by default).
innerActiveClass String Class name to be applied to the inner element when the sticky state is active ('' by default).
className String Class name to be applied to the element independent of the sticky state.
releasedClass String Class name to be applied to the element when the sticky state is released (released by default).
onStateChange Function Callback for when the sticky state changes. See below.
shouldFreeze Function Callback to indicate when the sticky plugin should freeze position and ignore scroll/resize events. See below.

Handling State Change

You can be notified when the state of the sticky component changes by passing a callback to the onStateChange prop. The callback will receive an object in the format {status: CURRENT_STATUS}, with CURRENT_STATUS being an integer representing the status:

Value Name Note
0 STATUS_ORIGINAL The default status, located at the original position.
1 STATUS_RELEASED The released status, located at somewhere on document, but not default one.
2 STATUS_FIXED The sticky status, located fixed to the top or the bottom of screen.

You can access the statuses as static constants to use for comparison.

import Sticky from 'react-stickynode';

const handleStateChange = (status) => {
    if (status.status === Sticky.STATUS_FIXED) {
        console.log('the component is sticky');

<Sticky onStateChange={handleStateChange}>
    <YourComponent />

Also Sticky supports children functions:

import Sticky from 'react-stickynode';

    {(status) => {
        if (status.status === Sticky.STATUS_FIXED) {
            return 'the component is sticky';
        if (status.status === Sticky.STATUS_ORIGINAL) {
            return 'the component in the original position';
        return 'the component is released';


You can provide a function in the shouldFreeze prop which will tell the component to temporarily stop updating during prop and state changes, as well as ignore scroll and resize events. This function should return a boolean indicating whether the component should currently be frozen.



npm run lint

Unit Test

npm test

Functional Test

npm run func:local


This software is free to use under the BSD license. See the [LICENSE file](./LICENSE.md) for license text and copyright information.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the react-stickynode README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.