The scroller container holds and clips a single object and allows you to scroll across it. This means that the user can use a scroll bar or a finger to drag the viewable region across the object, moving through a much larger area than is contained in the viewport. A scroller always has a default minimum size that is not limited by its content. For more information, see the Scroller API (in mobile and wearable applications).

Basic Usage

To build a layout with a scroller:

  1. Add a scroller with the elm_scroller_add() function:

    Evas_Object *scroller;
    scroller = elm_scroller_add(parent);
  2. Set a style to the scroller with the elm_object_style_set() function. If you use the default style, you can skip this step.

    elm_object_style_set(scroller, "handler");
  3. Add an object and set it to the scroller with the elm_object_content_set() function:

    Evas_Object *image;
    elm_object_content_set(scroller, image);

    The content object must have a minimum size bigger than the scroller size to be scrollable.

  4. Register the callback functions.

The following example shows how to define and register a callback for the scroll,drag,start signal:

evas_object_smart_callback_add(scroller, "scroll,drag,start", _scroll_start_cb, NULL);

_scroll_start_cb(void *data, Evas_Object *obj, void *event_info)
    printf("Scroll starts\n");

The following example shows a simple use case of the scroller component, where an image objects is set into a scroller. The minimum size of the image (1600 x 1600 pixels) is larger than the scroller (smaller than 720 * 1280 pixels), so you can scroll across the image.

Example: Scroller use case

Scroller Scroller Scroller

Evas_Object *win;
Evas_Object *conf;
Evas_Object *nf;
Evas_Object *scroller;
Evas_Object *img;

/* Starting right after the basic EFL UI layout code */
/* (win - conformant - naviframe) */

/* Add a scroller and push it into the naviframe */
scroller = elm_scroller_add(nf);
elm_naviframe_item_push(nf, "Scroller", NULL, NULL, scroller, NULL);

/* Add an image and set it into the scroller */
img = elm_image_add(scroller);
elm_image_file_set(img, ICON_DIR"/tizen.png", NULL);
evas_object_size_hint_min_set(img, 1600, 1600);
elm_object_content_set(scroller, img);


The following table lists the available component styles.

Table: Scroller styles

Style Sample
default elm/scroller/base/default
handler elm/scroller/base/handler


You can register callback functions connected to the following signals for a scroller object.

Table: Scroller callback signals

Signal Description event_info
edge,left The left edge of the content is reached. NULL
edge,right The right edge of the content is reached. NULL
edge,top The top edge of the content is reached. NULL
edge,bottom The bottom edge of the content is reached. NULL
scroll The content is scrolled (moved). NULL
scroll,anim,start The scrolling animation has started. NULL
scroll,anim,stop The scrolling animation has stopped. NULL
scroll,drag,start Dragging the content has started. NULL
scroll,drag,stop Dragging the content has stopped. NULL
vbar,drag The vertical scroll bar is dragged. NULL
vbar,press The vertical scroll bar is pressed. NULL
vbar,unpress The vertical scroll bar is unpressed. NULL
hbar,drag The horizontal scroll bar is dragged. NULL
hbar,press The horizontal scroll bar is pressed. NULL
hbar,unpress The horizontal scroll bar is unpressed. NULL
scroll,page,changed The visible page has changed. NULL

The signal list in the API reference can be more extensive, but only the above signals are actually supported in Tizen.


A good example of scroller use is a picture slideshow: add images to the scroller and limit the scrolling to pages, meaning that one picture is shown at a time.

A scroller can limit scrolling to “pages”. In this case, the scrolling occurs in page-sized chunks of content rather than in a purely continuous fashion, with the scroller displaying a single page at a time. This feature sets the size of the page relative to the viewport of the scroller. A size of 1.0 equals 1 viewport (horizontally or vertically). A size of 0.0 disables paging for that axis. These settings are mutually exclusive with page size (see the elm_scroller_page_size_set() function). A size of 0.5 equals half a viewport. Usable size values are normally between 0.0 and 1.0, including 1.0. If you only want a single axis to scroll in pages, use 0.0 for the other axis.

To create a picture slideshow:

  1. Disable the scroll bars for both axes, limit the scrolling to pages using the elm_scroller_page_scroll_limit_set() function, and lock the scrolling on the Y axis using the elm_object_scroll_lock_y_set() function:

    elm_scroller_policy_set(scroller, ELM_SCROLLER_POLICY_OFF, ELM_SCROLLER_POLICY_OFF);
    elm_scroller_page_scroll_limit_set(scroller, 1, 0);
    elm_object_scroll_lock_y_set(scroller, EINA_TRUE);
  2. Create a horizontal box, which contains all the images, and which itself is contained by the scroller:

    box = elm_box_add(scroller);
    elm_box_horizontal_set(box, EINA_TRUE);
    elm_object_content_set(scroller, box);
  3. Create all the images and add them to the horizontal box:

    img = elm_image_add(scroller);
    snprintf(buf, sizeof(buf), IMAGE_DIR"/%d.jpg", i);
    elm_image_file_set(img, buf, NULL);
    pages = eina_list_append(pages, img);
    elm_box_pack_end(box, img);

    References to the images are stored in an eina_list for easy retrieval later.

  4. Display the first page of the scroller:

    elm_scroller_page_show(scroller, 0, 0);
  5. The size of the scroller depends on the size of the parent. When the parent changes, for example, when the window is resized or rotated, the scroller is also resized.

    Since you need to be informed when the scroller is resized, add a callback on the EVAS_CALLBACK_RESIZE event for the scroller:

    evas_object_event_callback_add(scroller, EVAS_CALLBACK_RESIZE, _scroller_resize_cb, NULL);

    The callback retrieves the new size of the scroller using the evas_object_geometry_get() function on the object pointer. The pointer is relative to the object that has been resized, which in this case is the scroller itself. Iterate through the images of the scroller and set the minimum size to fit the scroller size:

    EINA_LIST_FOREACH(images, l, page)
        evas_object_size_hint_min_set(page, w, h);

    Set the page size of the scroller to match the scroller size and display the first page:

    elm_scroller_page_size_set(obj, w, h);
    elm_scroller_page_show(obj, 0, 0);

Except as noted, this content is licensed under LGPLv2.1+.

  • Dependencies
    • Tizen 2.4 and Higher for Mobile
    • Tizen 2.3.1 and Higher for Wearable