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IE8 alternative to window.scrollY?

Posted by: admin November 29, 2017 Leave a comment


I’m trying to determine how many pixels down I’ve scrolled using window.scrollY. But this isn’t supported in IE8. What is the safe, cross-browser alternative?


The cross-browser compatible version for window.scrollY is document.documentElement.scrollTop. Please see the ‘Notes’ section of this piece of Mozilla documentation for a full, detailed workaround in IE8 and before.

As mentioned here, pageYOffset is another alternative to window.scrollY (note though that this is only IE9+ compatible).

In regard to the link above, check Example 4 for a fully compatible way to get the scroll position (it even accounts for zoom as @adeneo mentioned!) using document.documentElement.scrollTop and document.documentElement.scrollLeft.

Here, try out the example for yourself!


If you don’t have to use it a lot, just do:

var scroll = 
    window.scrollY //Modern Way (Chrome, Firefox)
 || window.pageYOffset (Modern IE, including IE11
 || document.documentElement.scrollTop (Old IE, 6,7,8)


If you’re using jQuery, I used $(window).scrollTop() to get the Y position in IE 8. It seemed to work.


If you have a valid reason for not just using a library to handle this kind of base functionality, don’t hesitate ‘not to re-invent the wheel’.

Mootools is open source, and you can just ‘steal’ its implementation, relevant snippets:

getScroll: function(){
    var win = this.getWindow(), doc = getCompatElement(this);
    return {x: win.pageXOffset || doc.scrollLeft, y: win.pageYOffset || doc.scrollTop};

function getCompatElement(element){
    var doc = element.getDocument();
    return (!doc.compatMode || doc.compatMode == 'CSS1Compat') ? doc.html : doc.body;

These 2 are the core of deciding which compatibility mode your current browser it has, and then whether to use window.pageYOffset or document.body.scrollTop based on that or even document.html.scrollTop for really ancient buggy browsers.


Based on Niels’ answer, I come up with a slightly more compact solution when just the Y coord is needed:

function get_scroll_y() {
    return window.pageYOffset || document.body.scrollTop || document.html.scrollTop;


Based on Mozilla, and answers above, I have a created the functions below to more easily get the coords:

var windowEl = (function () {
    var isCSS1Compat = ((document.compatMode || "") === "CSS1Compat");
    function scroll() {
        return { left: scrollLeft, top: scrollTop };
    function scrollLeft() {
        return window.scrollX || window.pageXOffset || (isCSS1Compat ? document.documentElement.scrollLeft : document.body.scrollLeft);
    function scrollTop() {
        return window.scrollY || window.pageYOffset || (isCSS1Compat ? document.documentElement.scrollTop : document.body.scrollTop);
    return {
        scroll: scroll,
        scrollLeft: scrollLeft,
        scrollTop: scrollTop

According to the Mozilla documentation, as cited by lifetimes above, the The pageXOffset property is an alias for the scrollX property, so is stictly speaking not necessary.

Anyhoo, usage is:

var scroll = windowEl.scroll();
// use scroll.left for the left scroll offset
// use scroll.top for the top scroll offset

var scrollLeft = windowEl.scrollLeft();
// the left scroll offset

var scrollTop = windowEl.scrollTop();
// the top scroll offset

Tested & works on Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge (8-Edge), IE (7-11), IE8 on XP


In angular, we use:

  var windowEl = angular.element($window);
  scrolldist = windowEl.scrollTop();