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The scrollbar-color property enables you to specify the colors of an element's scrollbar thumb and track. To clarify, the thumb refers to the draggable part of the scrollbar, while the track is the path along which the thumb moves. Just like scrollbar-width, this property holds a candidate recommendation status by the W3C and lacks wide browser support without resorting to non-standard scrollbar styling methods.

Examples and Usage

At the time of writing, the following example only functions correctly in Firefox versions (64-115). Additionally, on macOS, you need to set the "Show scroll bars" setting in System Preferences to "Always" for this property to have any effect. You can refer to this macOS guide for more details.

HTML Structure

<div class="scrollbar-example">
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CSS Styling

.scrollbar-example {
  width: 350px; /* Sets the width of the div */
  height: 150px; /* Sets the height of the div */
  overflow-y: scroll; /* Enables vertical scrolling */
  scrollbar-color: #CD3333 #FBBF24; /* Sets the color of the scrollbar thumb and track respectively */

The CSS above creates a scrolling div, and the scrollbar-color property is used to customize the color of the scrollbar. In this case, the #CD3333 color(a deep red) is applied to the scrollbar thumb (the draggable part of the scrollbar), and the #FBBF24 color (a vibrant orange) is applied to the track (the path along which the thumb moves).


As of May 2023, the scrollbar-color property accepts the following values:

autoThe user agent decides the colors of the scrollbar. The selection should align with platform conventions and might be adjusted per other factors and properties like color-scheme to better fit the webpage.
<color>Two color values. It applies the first one to the scrollbar thumb, and the second to the scrollbar track

Associated Properties

  • scrollbar-width
  • overflow

Tips and Tricks

  • Pay careful attention to accessibility when using scrollbar-color. Ensure there is sufficient contrast between the scrollbar and the background for visibility.

  • Due to the limited support in many browsers, consider using JavaScript libraries for more complex scrollbar customizations when necessary. However, be aware that these solutions may have performance implications and could create an inconsistent user experience.

  • If scrollbar-color is not suitable for your needs, there are non-standard scrollbar styling methods using vendor-specific pseudo-properties. However, these are not officially part of the CSS standard, and their usage is generally discouraged due to potential compatibility issues.

Browser Compatibility

For a detailed breakdown of scrollbar styling support, refer to the second link in the Useful Resources below.

BrowserChromeEdgeSafariFirefoxOperaInternet Explorer

Caution: Internet Explorer support data may be incorrect since MDN browser-compat-data no longer updates it. Also, early Edge versions used EdgeHTML, leading to mismatched version numbers. From version 79, Edge uses Chromium with matching version numbers.

Useful Resources

Can I use: scrollbar-color

Can I use: CSS scrollbar styling

W3C's Candidate Recommendation of CSS Scrollbars Styling Module Level 1: scrollbar-color

Techniques for WCAG 2.0 - Contrast Ratio 3:1