How to prevent scrolling of the body content when bootstrap modal is open

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I am using Angular UI Bootstrap Modal box. When the modal opens the body has a scroll. When I scroll the content behind the modal also scrolls.

I can set overflow: hidden to the body tag and this solves the issue. However if I have alot of content within my modal I need a scroll to show. This scroll should not be inside the modal i.e When I use the page scroll the modal should only scroll and not the content. Plunker here

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

A slight modification of dreamhigh’s answer which worked well for me included adding position: fixed for iOS devices:

body.modal-open {
    position: fixed;
    overflow: hidden;

Furthermore adjusting the viewport to disable user scaling to keep inputs from automatically zooming and introducing scroll bars on the body content:

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0, maximum-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no">

Credit to this post:
Bootstrap 3: horizontal scrollbar on iPhone after form focus

With these two changes I was able to get angularjs modal forms to behave well on iOS.

Method 2

I’m facing the very same problem actually, using UI Bootstrap, and came up with kind of a workaround. On opening the modal, you add a class (.ovh) to the body, that sets overflow to hidden. On closing/dismissing the modal, you remove that class, so that scrolling is possible again.

See my fork of your fiddle here:

Note that I’ve placed the class in the index.html, just for demonstration purposes. Besides I injected $document in the controller definition, to use the reference provided by angular.

Method 3

For those using Angular JS and the UI Bootstrap. Here is what it took for me to get it to work. My situation was a bit different. I had a Modal that worked and scrolled great. I then had a button on that modal that would pop another modal. Once that second modal was closed, the initial modal would no longer scroll. This is all it took: {
  overflow-x: hidden;
  overflow-y: auto;

Method 4

I just put below CSS and now the body scroll is hidden whenever modal popup is opened. I am using Angular UI Bootstrap.

.modal-open {
  overflow: hidden !important;
  position: relative

Method 5

When you add overflow:hidden, the background page scroll is hidden. However, the modal scroll will be visible as the page scroll and the modal will be set to scroll.

body.modal-open {
    overflow: hidden;

Method 6

In bootstrap js commmented line causes the problem, you can comment this line as i do.

  this.backdrop(function () {
  var transition = $.support.transition && that.$element.hasClass('fade')

  if (!that.$element.parent().length) {
    that.$element.appendTo(that.$body) // don't move modals dom position


  if (that.options.backdrop) that.adjustBackdrop()

  if (transition) {
    that.$element[0].offsetWidth // force reflow

    .attr('aria-hidden', false)


Method 7

For me the page scrolled when the dialog was being closed, so I fixed the ui-bootstrap-tpls.js file. The actual problem is that when dismissing the modal, removeModalWindow is being called with parameters ‘modalInstance’ and ‘modalWindow.value.modalOpener’.

The second parameter is being used to focus on the element which triggered the modal window. Just remove the second parameter in the ‘dismiss’ and ‘close function’ and your page scroll effect will be solved.

‘removeModalWindow(modalInstance, modalWindow.value.modalOpener)’ becomes ‘removeModalWindow(modalInstance)’

Method 8

I fixed this problem, with adding this code in global style:

.modal-open .modal {
  overflow: hidden;

  height: 100vh;

you can do this, and you haven’t scroll on modal open.

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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