How to create scrollable element in Tailwind without a scrollbar

Issue

I’m trying to recreate a horizontal scroll navbar with tailwind without a scrollbar on the bottom like this example (reduce the width of your screen to be able to scroll)

https://getbootstrap.com/docs/5.0/examples/blog/

I tried the following using Tailwind but I wasn’t able to figure out how to remove the horizontal scrollbar that appears like the bootstrap example above. Could someone help?

<ul class="flex overflow-x-auto whitespace-nowrap p-4">
  <li><a href="/" class="p-2">Nav Item</a></li>
  <li><a href="/" class="p-2">Nav Item</a></li>
  <li><a href="/" class="p-2">Nav Item</a></li>
  <li><a href="/" class="p-2">Nav Item</a></li>
  <li><a href="/" class="p-2">Nav Item</a></li>
  <li><a href="/" class="p-2">Nav Item</a></li>
  <li><a href="/" class="p-2">Nav Item</a></li>
  <li><a href="/" class="p-2">Nav Item</a></li>
  <li><a href="/" class="p-2">Nav Item</a></li>
  <li><a href="/" class="p-2">Nav Item</a></li>
  <li><a href="/" class="p-2">Nav Item</a></li>
  <li><a href="/" class="p-2">Nav Item</a></li>
  <li><a href="/" class="p-2">Nav Item</a></li>
</ul>

Solution

To hide the scrollbar you’ll need to style it directly:

/* Hide scrollbar for Chrome, Safari and Opera */
.no-scrollbar::-webkit-scrollbar {
    display: none;
}

/* Hide scrollbar for IE, Edge and Firefox */
.no-scrollbar {
    -ms-overflow-style: none;  /* IE and Edge */
    scrollbar-width: none;  /* Firefox */
}

You could easily add these as Tailwind utilities using a plugin in your config: https://tailwindcss.com/docs/plugins#adding-utilities


Further reading:

https://css-tricks.com/almanac/properties/s/scrollbar/
https://www.w3schools.com/howto/howto_css_hide_scrollbars.asp

Answered By – Steve O

Answer Checked By – Marilyn (AngularFixing Volunteer)

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