Nicolas Bouliane

How to throttle scroll events in AngularJS Posted on

If you watch the scroll event, you will probably find yourself handling far more events than you need. The scroll event fires really quickly, and that can be a problem on mobile devices.

The following Angular directive will call a specified scroll event every 250 milliseconds.

angular.module('hereApp.directive').directive('onScroll', function($timeout) {
    'use strict';

    return {
        scope: {
            onScroll: '&onScroll',
        link: function(scope, element) {
            var scrollDelay = 250,
                throttled = false,
                scrollHandler = function() {
                    if (!throttled) {
                        throttled = true;
                        scrollThrottleTimeout = $timeout(function() {
                            throttled = false;
                        }, scrollDelay);

            element.on("scroll", scrollHandler);

            scope.$on('$destroy', function() {
      'scroll', scrollHandler);

The scrollable element should look like this:

<div on-scroll="myScrollEvent()"></div>