The Element.scrollHeight read-only attribute is a measurement of the height of an element's content, including content not visible on the screen due to overflow. The scrollHeight value is equal to the minimum clientHeight the element would require in order to fit all the content in the viewpoint without using a vertical scrollbar. It includes the element padding but not its margin.

This property will round the value to an integer. If you need a fractional value, use Element.getBoundingClientRect().

Syntax

var intElemScrollHeight = document.getElementById(id_attribute_value).scrollHeight;

intElemScrollHeight is a variable storing an integer corresponding to the scrollHeight pixel value of the element. scrollHeight is a read-only property.

Example

padding-top

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

padding-bottom

Left Top Right Bottom margin-top margin-bottom border-top border-bottom

Image:scrollHeight.png

Problems and solutions

Determine if an element has been totally scrolled

The following equivalence returns true if an element is at the end of its scroll, false if it isn't.

element.scrollHeight - element.scrollTop === element.clientHeight

scrollHeight Demo

Associated with the onscroll event, this equivalence can be useful to determine whether a user has read a text or not (see also the element.scrollTop and element.clientHeight properties). For example:

HTML

<form>
  <p>
    <textarea id="rules">Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vestibulum at laoreet magna. 
Aliquam erat volutpat. Praesent molestie, dolor ut eleifend aliquam, mi ligula ultrices sapien, quis cursus 
neque dui nec risus. Duis tincidunt lobortis purus eu aliquet. Quisque in dignissim magna. Aenean ac lorem at 
velit ultrices consequat. Nulla luctus nisi ut libero cursus ultrices. Pellentesque nec dignissim enim. Phasellus 
ut quam lacus, sed ultricies diam. Vestibulum convallis rutrum dolor, sit amet egestas velit scelerisque id. 
Proin non dignissim nisl. Sed mi odio, ullamcorper eget mattis id, malesuada vitae libero. Integer dolor lorem, 
mattis sed dapibus a, faucibus id metus. Duis iaculis dictum pulvinar. In nisi nibh, dapibus ac blandit at, porta 
at arcu. Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas. Praesent 
dictum ipsum aliquet erat eleifend sit amet sollicitudin felis tempus. Aliquam congue cursus venenatis. Maecenas 
luctus pellentesque placerat. Mauris nisl odio, condimentum sed fringilla a, consectetur id ligula. Praesent sem 
sem, aliquet non faucibus vitae, iaculis nec elit. Nullam volutpat, lectus et blandit bibendum, nulla lorem congue 
turpis, ac pretium tortor sem ut nibh. Donec vel mi in ligula hendrerit sagittis. Donec faucibus viverra fermentum. 
Fusce in arcu arcu. Nullam at dignissim massa. Cras nibh est, pretium sit amet faucibus eget, sollicitudin in 
ligula. Vivamus vitae urna mauris, eget euismod nunc. Aenean semper gravida enim non feugiat. In hac habitasse 
platea dictumst. Cras eleifend nisl volutpat ante condimentum convallis. Donec varius dolor malesuada erat 
consequat congue. Donec eu lacus ut sapien venenatis tincidunt. Quisque sit amet tellus et enim bibendum varius et 
a orci. Donec aliquet volutpat scelerisque. Proin et tortor dolor. Ut aliquet, dolor a mattis sodales, odio diam 
pulvinar sem, egestas pretium magna eros vitae felis. Nam vitae magna lectus, et ornare elit. Morbi feugiat, ipsum 
ac mattis congue, quam neque mollis tortor, nec mollis nisl dolor a tortor. Maecenas varius est sit amet elit 
interdum quis placerat metus posuere. Duis malesuada justo a diam vestibulum vel aliquam nisi ornare. Integer 
laoreet nisi a odio ornare non congue turpis eleifend. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, 
nascetur ridiculus mus. Cras vulputate libero sed arcu iaculis nec lobortis orci fermentum.
    </textarea>
  </p>
  <p>
    <input type="checkbox" id="agree" />
    <label for="agree">I agree</label>
    <input type="submit" id="nextstep" value="Next" />
  </p>
</form>

CSS

#notice {
  display: inline-block;
  margin-bottom: 12px;
  border-radius: 5px;
  width: 600px;
  padding: 5px;
  border: 2px #7FDF55 solid;
}

#rules {
  width: 600px;
  height: 130px;
  padding: 5px;
  border: #2A9F00 solid 2px;
  border-radius: 5px;
}

JavaScript

function checkReading () {
  if (checkReading.read) {
    return; 
  }
  checkReading.read = this.scrollHeight - this.scrollTop === this.clientHeight;
  document.registration.accept.disabled = document.getElementById("nextstep").disabled = !checkReading.read;
  checkReading.noticeBox.innerHTML = checkReading.read ? "Thank you." : "Please, scroll and read the following text.";
}

onload = function () {
  var oToBeRead = document.getElementById("rules");
  checkReading.noticeBox = document.createElement("span");
  document.registration.accept.checked = false;
  checkReading.noticeBox.id = "notice";
  oToBeRead.parentNode.insertBefore(checkReading.noticeBox, oToBeRead);
  oToBeRead.parentNode.insertBefore(document.createElement("br"), oToBeRead);
  oToBeRead.onscroll = checkReading;
  checkReading.call(oToBeRead);
}

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Object Model (CSSOM) View Module
The definition of 'Element.scrollHeight' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 4.0 3.0[1] 8.0 (Yes) 4.0
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? ? ? ? ?

[1] In Firefox versions earlier than 21, when an element's content does not generate a vertical scrollbar, then its scrollHeight property is equal to its clientHeight property. This can mean either the content is too short to require a scrollbar or that the element has a CSS style overflow value of visible (non-scrollable).

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