Draggable Slider Tabs in HTML CSS & JavaScript

Draggable Slider or Filter Tabs Like YouTube in HTML CSS & JavaScript

You would have seen the draggable slider tabs on YouTube that filter videos according to the user’s interest. If you’re curious about how to create it with vanilla JavaScript, you can continue reading this blog.

But before continuing this blog, if you haven’t seen my previous blog on Create A Draggable Image Slider in JavaScript. Don’t miss to view it if you want to create a touch-friendly draggable image carousel slider.

In this blog, you’ll learn how to create Draggable Slider Tabs Like YouTube in HTML CSS & JavaScript. This slider can be a useful UI component for videos, images, and blog sites that needs to filter the content based on the users’ interests.

In this slider, users can slide the tabs by dragging or using previous and next icons. If you’re excited to see a live demo of this draggable slider tabs, you can click here to view it. For a full video tutorial, you can watch the given YouTube video.

Video Tutorial of Draggable Slider Tabs in JavaScript

I hope you liked the demo of the Draggable Slider Tabs and understood how I created it using HTML CSS & JavaScript. I tried my best to make codes as simple as possible and beginner friendly.

But, if you haven’t watched the video tutorial, you can continue reading the blog and follow the given steps to create this Draggable Slider Tabs by yourself. Otherwise, go to the bottom of this blog post to download the source code files of it.

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Steps to Create Draggable Slider Tabs in JavaScript

To create a Draggable Slider Tabs using HTML CSS & JavaScript, follow the given steps line by line:

  1. Create a folder. You can put any name of this folder and create the below-mentioned files inside this folder.
  2. Create an index.html file. The file name must be index and its extension .html
  3. Create a style.css file. The file name must be style and its extension .css
  4. Create a script.js file. The file name must be script and its extension .js

First, paste the following codes into your index.html file.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<!-- Coding By CodingNepal - youtube.com/codingnepal -->
<html lang="en" dir="ltr">
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <title>Draggable Slider Tabs | CodingNepal</title>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <!-- Font Awesome CDN Link for Icons -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/font-awesome/6.2.0/css/all.min.css">
    <script src="script.js" defer></script>
    <div class="wrapper">
      <div class="icon"><i id="left" class="fa-solid fa-angle-left"></i></div>
      <ul class="tabs-box">
        <li class="tab">Coding</li>
        <li class="tab active">JavaScript</li>
        <li class="tab">Podcasts</li>
        <li class="tab">Databases</li>
        <li class="tab">Web Development</li>
        <li class="tab">Unboxing</li>
        <li class="tab">History</li>
        <li class="tab">Programming</li>
        <li class="tab">Gadgets</li>
        <li class="tab">Algorithms</li>
        <li class="tab">Comedy</li>
        <li class="tab">Gaming</li>
        <li class="tab">Share Market</li>
        <li class="tab">Smartphones</li>
        <li class="tab">Data Structure</li>
      <div class="icon"><i id="right" class="fa-solid fa-angle-right"></i></div>


Second, paste the following codes into your style.css file.

/* Import Google font - Poppins */
@import url('https://fonts.googleapis.com/css2?family=Poppins:wght@400;500;600&display=swap');
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;
  box-sizing: border-box;
  font-family: 'Poppins', sans-serif;
body {
  display: flex;
  padding: 0 10px;
  align-items: center;
  justify-content: center;
  min-height: 100vh;
  background: #5372F0;
.wrapper {
  padding: 35px;
  position: relative;
  overflow-x: hidden;
  max-width: 1000px;
  background: #fff;
  border-radius: 13px;
.wrapper .icon {
  position: absolute;
  top: 0;
  height: 100%;
  width: 120px;
  display: flex;
  align-items: center;
.icon:first-child {
  left: 0;
  display: none;
  background: linear-gradient(90deg, #fff 70%, transparent);
.icon:last-child {
  right: 0;
  justify-content: flex-end;
  background: linear-gradient(-90deg, #fff 70%, transparent);
.icon i {
  width: 55px;
  height: 55px;
  cursor: pointer;
  font-size: 1.2rem;
  text-align: center;
  line-height: 55px;
  border-radius: 50%;
.icon i:hover {
  background: #efedfb;
.icon:first-child i {
  margin-left: 15px;
.icon:last-child i {
  margin-right: 15px;
.wrapper .tabs-box {
  display: flex;
  gap: 12px;
  list-style: none;
  overflow-x: hidden;
  scroll-behavior: smooth;
.tabs-box.dragging {
  scroll-behavior: auto;
  cursor: grab;
.tabs-box .tab {
  cursor: pointer;
  font-size: 1.18rem;
  white-space: nowrap;
  background: #f5f4fd;
  padding: 13px 20px;
  border-radius: 30px;
  border: 1px solid #d8d5f2;
.tabs-box .tab:hover{
  background: #efedfb;
.tabs-box.dragging .tab {
  user-select: none;
  pointer-events: none;
.tabs-box .tab.active{
  color: #fff;
  background: #5372F0;
  border-color: transparent;

Last, paste the following codes into your script.js file. If you didn’t understand the JavaScript codes, I highly recommend you watch the above YouTube video to understand which line does what.

const tabsBox = document.querySelector(".tabs-box"),
allTabs = tabsBox.querySelectorAll(".tab"),
arrowIcons = document.querySelectorAll(".icon i");

let isDragging = false;

const handleIcons = (scrollVal) => {
    let maxScrollableWidth = tabsBox.scrollWidth - tabsBox.clientWidth;
    arrowIcons[0].parentElement.style.display = scrollVal <= 0 ? "none" : "flex";
    arrowIcons[1].parentElement.style.display = maxScrollableWidth - scrollVal <= 1 ? "none" : "flex";

arrowIcons.forEach(icon => {
    icon.addEventListener("click", () => {
        // if clicked icon is left, reduce 350 from tabsBox scrollLeft else add
        let scrollWidth = tabsBox.scrollLeft += icon.id === "left" ? -340 : 340;

allTabs.forEach(tab => {
    tab.addEventListener("click", () => {

const dragging = (e) => {
    if(!isDragging) return;
    tabsBox.scrollLeft -= e.movementX;

const dragStop = () => {
    isDragging = false;

tabsBox.addEventListener("mousedown", () => isDragging = true);
tabsBox.addEventListener("mousemove", dragging);
document.addEventListener("mouseup", dragStop);

That’s all, now you’ve successfully created a Draggable Slider Tabs Like YouTube in HTML CSS & JavaScript. If your code doesn’t work or you’ve faced any problems, you can download the source code files of this slider tabs from the given download button. It’s free and a zip file will be downloaded that contains the project folder with source code files.


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