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Exploring Website Scroll Effects: Locomotive Scroll vs React Scroll Parallax

What is Locomotive Scroll?

Locomotive Scroll is a JavaScript library that creates smooth scrolling effects on web pages. It enables programmers to produce visual effects where different elements on a page scroll at different rates to give the impression of depth and dimension. The speed at which elements scroll can also be changed, and easing effects can be added. Locomotive Scroll is a great option because it is lightweight, flexible, and simple to use.

  1. Smooth scrolling: Locomotive Scroll ensures seamless and fluid scrolling experience, particularly optimized for modern web browsers.
  2. Scroll-triggered animations: It allows developers to easily create animations triggered by the user's scroll position, enabling engaging and interactive effects.
  3. Parallax effects: Locomotive Scroll enables the creation of stunning parallax effects, where elements move at different speeds, providing a sense of depth and immersion.
  4. Pinned elements: With Locomotive Scroll, you can pin elements to specific positions on the page while scrolling, adding fixed elements or sticky sections to your design.

What is React Scroll Parallax?

A React component called React Scroll Parallax gives web pages visual effects. It enables developers to make a scrolling effect where various page elements move at various speeds based on where they are in the view. This enhances the website’s overall visual appeal by giving the appearance of depth and dimension. An illustration of a display that demonstrates how each element moves at different speeds is shown below.

  1. Seamless integration with React: React Scroll Parallax provides a set of components that can be easily integrated into React applications, leveraging the power and flexibility of the React framework.
  2. Simplified implementation: The library offers a declarative approach to creating parallax effects, making it easier for developers to define the behavior and appearance of parallax elements.
  3. Customizable options: React Scroll Parallax provides various configuration options, including scroll speed and direction, allowing fine-grained control over the parallax effect.
  4. Component-based architecture: Developers can encapsulate parallax elements within React components, promoting modularity and reusability.

Choosing the Right Tool:

Deciding between Locomotive Scroll and React Scroll Parallax depends on the specific requirements of your project. Consider the following factors when making your choice:

  1. Framework preference: Locomotive Scroll is framework-agnostic, meaning it can be used with any JavaScript framework or even without one. If you are already using React in your project, React Scroll Parallax provides seamless integration.

  2. Complexity and customization: Locomotive Scroll offers more flexibility and customization options, making it suitable for complex and highly customized scrolling effects. React Scroll Parallax, on the other hand, simplifies implementation and is well-suited for projects that require a straightforward parallax effect within a React application.

  3. Performance considerations: Locomotive Scroll is optimized for modern web browsers, ensuring smooth performance. React Scroll Parallax leverages the performance benefits provided by the React framework.


Installing and configuring Locomotive Scroll and React Scroll Parallax will be covered in this section. These two libraries will be used to build two straightforward websites, and installation is not difficult. The website won’t require much work to build, and everything used will be clearly explained

Locomotive Scroll

Install Locomotive Scroll by running npm install locomotive-scroll to get started using it in standard JavaScript. After installing the library, you must configure it using the following code:

<script src="/node_modules/locomotive-scroll//dist/locomotive-scroll.min.js"></script>
  const scroller = new LocomotiveScroll({
    el: document.querySelector("[data-scroll-container]"),
    smooth: true,
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React Scroll Parallax

Installing and configuring React Scroll Parallax is something we’ll do in this section. We’ll also talk about how to use it to build a basic website in this article. Run npm I react-scroll-parallax in your terminal to install the library. You must import the library into your React application after installation. Use the code below to import the library:

import { useParallax } from "react-scroll-parallax";
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To work with React Scroll Parallax, please wrap the App.js component inside the App.js files with the ParallaxProvider component before proceeding:

import React from "react";
import ReactDOM from "react-dom/client";
import App from "./App";
import reportWebVitals from "./reportWebVitals";
import { ParallaxProvider } from "react-scroll-parallax";

const root = ReactDOM.createRoot(document.getElementById("root"));

      <App />
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For the benefit of the website, we’ll be using the Parallax component, which consists of the objects scaleX, rotatey, translateX, translatey, and easing. An array, for which it is a little complicated to set the direction of the object, is given to it as a value. However, in order to learn more about these objects from the Parallax component, you must visit the official docs. But before you go to the website to learn more, take a look at the syntax of a straightforward scaleX-based parallax component.

const scaleCParallax = useParallax({
  scaleX: [0, 3, "easeInQuad"],
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Both Locomotive Scroll and React Scroll Parallax have their respective advantages and disadvantages. The best choice will depend on your level of programming expertise and the goals of your project. Both tools might be appropriate to use if you know JavaScript well. You might want to try React Scroll Parallax if you are familiar with Locomotive Scroll and want to improve the scrolling on your website.

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