How to implement a sidebar that stays in the viewport?

The dash documentation features a sidebar On this page that stays in the viewport as the user scrolls down.

What a great navigation feature! I would like to implement this in a sidebar on a dash user interface I am developing. But I cannot figure out how. A search for “On the page” in the source for the dash documentation reveals only javascript, not any python source.

It seems unlikely that this excellent feature was custom-coded in JS rather than made available in Dash? Maybe I am missing something.

hi @bridgeland
Welcome back. We haven’t seen you in a while :slight_smile:

I remember a good example of a sidebar that doesn’t move as the user scrolls down. It’s on the dash-bootstrap-components Example page. Try this:

import dash
import dash_bootstrap_components as dbc
from dash import Input, Output, dcc, html

app = dash.Dash(external_stylesheets=[dbc.themes.BOOTSTRAP])

# the style arguments for the sidebar. We use position:fixed and a fixed width
    "position": "fixed",
    "top": 0,
    "left": 0,
    "bottom": 0,
    "width": "16rem",
    "padding": "2rem 1rem",
    "background-color": "#f8f9fa",

# the styles for the main content position it to the right of the sidebar and
# add some padding.
    "margin-left": "18rem",
    "margin-right": "2rem",
    "padding": "2rem 1rem",

sidebar = html.Div(
        html.H2("Sidebar", className="display-4"),
            "A simple sidebar layout with navigation links", className="lead"
                dbc.NavLink("Home", href="/", active="exact"),
                dbc.NavLink("Page 1", href="/page-1", active="exact"),
                dbc.NavLink("Page 2", href="/page-2", active="exact"),

content = html.Div(id="page-content", style=CONTENT_STYLE)

app.layout = html.Div([dcc.Location(id="url"), sidebar, content])

@app.callback(Output("page-content", "children"), [Input("url", "pathname")])
def render_page_content(pathname):
    if pathname == "/":
        return html.P("This is the content of the home page!"*500)
    elif pathname == "/page-1":
        return html.P("This is the content of page 1. Yay!")
    elif pathname == "/page-2":
        return html.P("Oh cool, this is page 2!")
    # If the user tries to reach a different page, return a 404 message
    return dbc.Jumbotron(
            html.H1("404: Not found", className="text-danger"),
            html.P(f"The pathname {pathname} was not recognised..."),

if __name__ == "__main__":
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Wow! That was quick.

Thank you. I will give it a try.

Works. Thank you.