This is an experimental technology
Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

The IntersectionObserver method observe() adds an element to the set of target elements being watched by the IntersectionObserver. One observer has one set of thresholds and one root, but can watch multiple target elements for visibility changes in keeping with those. To stop observing the element, call IntersectionObserver.unobserve().

When the visibility of the specified element crosses over one of the observer's visibility thresholds (as listed in IntersectionObserver.thresholds), the observer's callback is executed with an array of IntersectionObserverEntry objects representing the intersection changes which occurred. Note that this design allows multiple elements' intersection changes to be processed by a single call to the callback.




An element whose visibility within the root is to be monitored. This element must be a descendant of the root element (or contained wtihin the current document, if the root is the document's viewport).

Return value





Specification Status Comment
Intersection Observer
The definition of 'IntersectionObserver.observe()' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Chrome Full support 51Edge Full support 15Firefox Full support 55
Full support 55
No support 53 — 55
Disabled From version 53 until version 55 (exclusive): this feature is behind the dom.IntersectionObserver.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE No support NoOpera Full support YesSafari Full support 12.1WebView Android Full support 51Chrome Android Full support 51Firefox Android ? Opera Android ? Safari iOS Full support 12.2Samsung Internet Android Full support 5.0


Full support
Full support
No support
No support
Compatibility unknown
Compatibility unknown
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
User must explicitly enable this feature.

See also