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The scroll-timeline-name CSS property is used to define a named timeline that drives the progress of the scrollbar in a container. The name is then referenced in an animation-timeline declaration to indicate the container's element that is used to drive the progress of the animation through the scrolling action.

By default, the scrollbar in the block direction provides the timeline (this is the vertical scrollbar in left-to-right writing mode). The scrollbar axis can be set by applying scroll-timeline-axis on the same element as the scroll-timeline-name.

Note: If the element does not overflow its container in the axis dimension or if the overflow is hidden or clipped, no timeline will be created.

The scroll-timeline-name (and scroll-timeline-axis) property can also be set by using the scroll-timeline shorthand property.


scroll-timeline-name: none;
scroll-timeline-name: custom_name_for_timeline;


Allowed values for scroll-timeline-name are:


The timeline has no name.


An arbitrary custom identifier that can be used to reference the scroll timeline in an animation-timeline. Possible values are described in <custom-ident>.

Formal definition

Initial valuenone
Applies toscroll containers
Computed valueas specified
Animation typeNot animatable

Formal syntax

scroll-timeline-name = 
none |


Creating a named scroll timeline

In this example, a scroll timeline named squareTimeline is defined using the scroll-timeline-name property on the element with the ID container. This is then applied to the animation on the #square element using animation-timeline: squareTimeline.


The HTML for the example is shown below.

<div id="container">
  <div id="square"></div>
  <div id="stretcher"></div>


The CSS for the container sets it as the source of a scroll timeline named squareTimeline using the scroll-timeline-name property. No scrollbar axis is defined here because the vertical axis will be used by default.

The height of the container is set to 300px, and the container is also set to create a vertical scrollbar if it overflows (the CSS height rule on the stretcher element below does make the content overflow its container).

#container {
  height: 300px;
  overflow-y: scroll;
  scroll-timeline-name: squareTimeline;
  position: relative;

The CSS below defines a square that rotates according to the timeline provided by the animation-timeline property, which is set to the squareTimeline timeline named above.

#square {
  background-color: deeppink;
  width: 100px;
  height: 100px;
  margin-top: 100px;
  animation-name: rotateAnimation;
  animation-duration: 1ms;
  animation-timeline: squareTimeline;
  position: absolute;
  bottom: 0;

#stretcher {
  height: 600px;
  background: #dedede;

@keyframes rotateAnimation {
  from {
    transform: rotate(0deg);

  to {
    transform: rotate(360deg);

The stretcher CSS rule sets the block height to 600px, which creates content that overflows the container element, thereby creating scroll bars. Without this element, the content would not overflow the container, there would be no scrollbar, and hence no scroll timeline to associate with the animation timeline.


Scroll the vertical bar to see the square animate as you scroll.


Scroll-driven Animations
# scroll-timeline-name

Browser compatibility

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See also