The overscroll-behavior-block CSS property sets the browser's behavior when the block direction boundary of a scrolling area is reached.

See overscroll-behavior for a full explanation.

/* Keyword values */
overscroll-behavior-block: auto; /* default */
overscroll-behavior-block: contain;
overscroll-behavior-block: none;

/* Global values */
overscroll-behavior-block: inherit;
overscroll-behavior-block: initial;
overscroll-behavior-block: unset;


The overscroll-behavior-block property is specified as a keyword chosen from the list of values below.


The default scroll overflow behavior occurs as normal.
Default scroll overflow behavior is observed inside the element this value is set on (e.g. "bounce" effects or refreshes), but no scroll chaining occurs to neighbouring scrolling areas, e.g. underlying elements will not scroll.
No scroll chaining occurs to neighbouring scrolling areas, and default scroll overflow behavior is prevented.

Formal definition

Initial value auto
Applies to non-replaced block-level elements and non-replaced inline-block elements
Inherited no
Computed value as specified
Animation type discrete

Formal syntax

contain | none | auto


Preventing block overscrolling

In this demo we have two block-level boxes, one inside the other. The outer box has a large height set on it so the page will scroll vertically. The inner box has a small width (and height) set on it so it sits comforably inside the viewport, but its content is given a large height so it will also scroll vertically.

By default, when the inner box is scrolled and a scroll boundary is reached, the whole page will begin to scroll, which is probably not what we want. To avoid this happening in the block direction, we've set overscroll-behavior-block: contain on the inner box.


      <p><code>overscroll-behavior-block</code> has been used to make it so that when the scroll boundaries of the yellow inner box are reached, the whole page does not begin to scroll.</p>


main {
  height: 3000px;
  width: 500px;
  background-color: white;
  background-image: repeating-linear-gradient(to bottom, rgba(0,0,0,0) 0px, rgba(0,0,0,0) 19px, rgba(0,0,0,0.5) 20px);

main > div {
  height: 300px;
  width: 400px;
  overflow: auto;
  position: relative;
  top: 50px;
  left: 50px;
  overscroll-behavior-block: contain;

div > div {
  height: 1500px;
  width: 100%;
  background-color: yellow;
  background-image: repeating-linear-gradient(to bottom, rgba(0,0,0,0) 0px, rgba(0,0,0,0) 19px, rgba(0,0,0,0.5) 20px);

p {
  padding: 10px;
  background-color: rgba(255,0,0,0.5);
  margin: 0;
  width: 340px;
  position: relative;
  top: 10px;
  left: 10px;



Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
overscroll-behavior-block 77 79 73 No 64 No
See bug 176454.
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
overscroll-behavior-block 77 77 No 55 No
See bug 176454.

See also

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