jQuery Smooth Scroll Howto – Code Sample & Demo

With the jQuery library, you can do a ton of cool things to make a webpage ‘live’. From colours to animations and other special effects, most things are possible. One of these neat things to do is smooth scrolling with jQuery. Ever wondered to see a code example in HTML, CSS and JavaScript for smooth scrolling to a div element in your website webpage?

Example use cases include:

  • smooth scrolling when click on div
  • smooth scroll to top of page HTML
  • smooth scroll to anchor or id

First, you want to include the jQuery library URL. Find it via CDNjs or Google, for example:




Then, once this line of  programming code is added, copy and paste the following code underneath:

// handle links with @href started with '#' only
$(document).on('click', 'a[href^="#"]', function(e) {
    // target element id
    var id = $(this).attr('href');

    // target element
    var $id = $(id);
    if ($id.length === 0) {

    // prevent standard hash navigation (avoid blinking in IE)

    // top position relative to the document
    var pos = $id.offset().top;

    // animated top scrolling
    $('body, html').animate({scrollTop: pos});

You now successfully have smooth scrolling on your HTML website or WordPress page!


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