Safari position:sticky not working in an overflow:auto element

August 11, 2018, at 1:00 PM

According to CanIUse, there is a known issue with Safari and position:sticky inside an overflow:auto element:

A parent with overflow set to auto will prevent position: sticky from working in Safari

However, this is the exact use case that I need. I have a scrollable div, which is subdivided into two columns. The right column should be sticky and never move, even when the entire div is scrolled. The reason I'm using position:sticky on the right column is that I want the user to be able to still scroll the left column with the cursor on the right column. And this was the only solution that I found to have worked.

A working example for Firefox / Chrome is here: The orange area remains fixed while scrolling, but in Safari it doesn't.

The example above has some unnecessary wrappers to my issue, but I wanted to replicate as closely as possible the environment where I want to have this code working in. The basic gist of it is I have this:

<div class="modal-content">
  <div class="left-content">
  <div class="sticky-element">

And the CSS:

.modal-content {
  display: flex;
  overflow: auto;
  flex-flow: row nowrap;
.left-content {
  flex: 0 0 300px;
.sticky-element {
  position: sticky;
  top: 0;
  right: 0;
  width: 200px;

Again, this works in FF/Chrome but not in Safari. Is there a workaround to get it to work in all browsers? Or is there a different approach I can use to maintain scrollability even with the mouse cursor over the sticky element?

Answer 1

i cant really test this for safari right now but this has always been an alternative for me when creating a sticky footer for example:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>sticky side div</title>
    <style type="text/css">
            position: relative;
            display: inline-block;
            background-color: forestgreen;
            width: calc(100vw - 150px);
            height: 100%;
            overflow: auto;
            position: fixed;
            display: inline-block;
            background-color: lightyellow;
            float: right;
            width: 100px;
            height: 100%;
    <div class="maindiv">
        Lorem 45    
    <div class="sidediv">
        Lorem 30
    <div class="maindiv">
        Lorem 100
    <div class="maindiv">
        Lorem 900

once you know the width of your right content add a little more px to it then use the css calc function to make sure the other div's don't flow in to it

also there is a known bug with vh and vw in Safari 7. You can fix it by setting height: inherit on the #child elements whose parents have vh heights or vw widths

but my best recommendation if you were not going for cross browser support will be to use CSS Grids

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