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Current behavior
When navigating forward and then back, the scroll position is lost.

Expected/desired behavior
When navigating on an extensive list of items, the user scrolls down the list and click on some item. The app activates the next route/component which shows the product details. If the user decides do navigate back, the page does not scroll to the previous point.

Reproduction of the problem

Live example:
step 1 - first, adjust browser zoom until heroes from the hero list disappear
step 2 - scroll down to the end of the page
step 3 - click on "RubberMan"
step 4 - click on the back button either on the browser or the component
step 5 - the page is not scrolled to the same position of stop 2

What is the expected behavior?
The browser should scroll to the previous position like it happens in any non-single page application.

What is the motivation / use case for changing the behavior?
It should be considered a bug that can reduce the level of the user experience.

Please tell us about your environment:

  • Angular version: 2.0.0-rc.4
  • Browser: [all]
  • Language: [TypeScript 1.8 | ES5]
42 Answers

Ôťö´ŞĆAccepted Answer

The problem is harder than you may think.
It is relatively easy to just scroll top on any route change, but to scroll to previous scroll position is hard. You need to store the scroll position for each route you leave (preferably in session storage to make Duplicate tab browser feature work as expected) and restore it when the route is active again, but only when it active through navigating back, and not when user just clicked Heroes list again (how to determine if it is the first or second case?). Also the route you navigating to can have some dynamically loadable content, and the scroll position should be restored only after all this content is loaded again (or else it will be wrong scroll position).
On non-SPA applications the browser takes care of all this cases. It even understands ajax-loadable content and changes scroll position only after this content loaded again when navigating back/forward.
Maybe we can somehow use this browser feature to implement this, I don't know. But if it should be implemented fully on JS - it is hard problem I think.

But I definitely +100500 to this feature. It is very user unfriendly to not restore the scroll position on Back/Forward and in some cases it even can be the only reason to not use Angular or some other SPA framework at all.

Other Answers:

This works for me: app.component.ts
I use the pairwise() operator to catch previous router event:

export class AppComponent implements OnInit, OnDestroy {

  private _routeScrollPositions: {[url: string] : number}[] = [];
  private _subscriptions: Subscription[] = [];

  constructor(private router: Router) {}

  ngOnInit() {
      // save or restore scroll position on route change[prevRouteEvent, currRouteEvent]) => {
        if (prevRouteEvent instanceof NavigationEnd && currRouteEvent instanceof NavigationStart) {
          this._routeScrollPositions[prevRouteEvent.url] = window.pageYOffset;
        if (currRouteEvent instanceof NavigationEnd) {
          window.scrollTo(0, this._routeScrollPositions[currRouteEvent.url] || 0);

  ngOnDestroy() {
    this._subscriptions.forEach(subscription => subscription.unsubscribe());

Anyone know if utilizing RouteReuseStrategy is the official, intended way to handle this and make route scrolling behave however you want?

Like this example:

Though I personally believe "navigating forward scrolls to top; back restores scroll position" is normal and expected web behavior which should be the default, right now I'm just trying to figure out how the Angular team expects this to be handled.

In the spirit of this thread, here's my workaround (add to the root component):

What it does:

  • scroll to top when using router navigation
  • remember scroll positions for each route, keyed by url
  • restore scroll position during browser history navigation
  • avoid scroll jumping by restoring the scroll position directly instead of using setInterval


  • scroll will still jump on IE/Edge because they do not support history.scrollRestoration = 'manual';
  • probably won't work if multiple instances of the same route can be active
    private _isPopState = false;
    private _routeScrollPositions: { [url: string]: number } = {};
    private _deferredRestore = false;

    constructor(@Inject(PLATFORM_ID) private platformId: Object,
                private router: Router,
                private locStrat: LocationStrategy) {

    ngOnInit(): void {
        if (isPlatformBrowser(this.platformId)) {
            // prevent nguniversal problems

     * Save the current ``window.pageYOffset`` in {@link _routeScrollPositions}, keyed by the given url.
     * @param url scroll route
    private saveScroll(url) {
        this._routeScrollPositions[url] = window.pageYOffset;

     * Attempt to restore the scroll position for the given url. The scroll position is restored only if the body clientHeight is big
     * enough to accomodate it. {@link _deferredRestore} is reset to false on success or if there is no saved scroll posiiton for the url.
     * @param url key in {@link _routeScrollPositions}
     * @returns {boolean} true if the scroll position was changed
    private restoreScroll(url) {
        const savedScroll = this._routeScrollPositions[url];
        if (savedScroll === undefined) {
            // no saved scroll position for this url :(
            this._deferredRestore = false;
            return false;

        const documentHeight = document.body.clientHeight, windowHeight = window.innerHeight;

        if (savedScroll + windowHeight <= documentHeight) {
            // document is already tall enough to scroll directly
            window.scrollTo(0, savedScroll);
            this._deferredRestore = false;
            return true;

        return false;

    private addScrollTopListeners() {
        // force scroll position at top of page when route changes through routerLink navigation
        //  (and not when it changes through browser back/forward)
        // remember and restore scroll positions when navigating using back/forward

        if ('scrollRestoration' in history) {
            // disable automatic scroll restoration by browsers, since it's doing a bad job
            history.scrollRestoration = 'manual';
        } => {
            if (event instanceof NavigationStart) {
                // the position should not be saved at NavigationStart during popstate navigation because it will already be mangled
                if (!this._isPopState) {
                    // save scroll position of urls on router navigation
                    // at NavigationStart, router.url is still the url of the current route (not the target of the navigation)

            if (event instanceof NavigationEnd) {
                if (this._isPopState) {
                    // popstate navigation, try to restore saved scroll position immediately
                    // immediate restoration might be possible if the source view is taller than the target view
                    if (!this.restoreScroll(event.url)) {
                        // document is too short, and restoring the saved scroll position would not work;
                        // defer the restoration to the next tick, when document should be reflowed and reach its target height
                        setTimeout(() => {
                            if (this._deferredRestore) {
                                this._deferredRestore = false;

                        // using _deferredRestore, the route is marked for restoring its scroll position at a later time
                        // attempts are made to restore the scroll position in ngAfterContentChecked; it's most likely that this will
                        //  happen in the current tick, but setTimeout is added just in case
                        this._deferredRestore = true;
                } else {
                    // scroll to top on regular router navigation
                    window.scrollTo(0, 0);

                // end of navigation event, remove _isPopState flag
                this._isPopState = false;

        this.locStrat.onPopState(() => {
            // during a navigation event we must know if it was triggered by popstate navigation or regular router navigation
            this._isPopState = true;

            // on browser back/forward navigation, popstate is fired before any Navigation or other router events
            // router.url is still the current route and the position must be saved here because it can be
            // mangled by browser behavior before reaching NavigationStart

    ngAfterContentChecked() {
        if (this._deferredRestore) {
            // ngAfterContentChecked is used to try and restore the scroll position in the
            // same tick as the first document reflow which makes it possible (i.e. before setTimeout)
            // this could prevent scroll flashes/jankiness

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