How to fix the background scroll of react-modal



Hello everyone it’s me candle. This time I will solve the react-modal background moving problem when you scroll.


  1. You use react

Completed sample code

If you want to run the sample code actually, you would need to install two libraries before.
faker is installed for dummy data generation.

yarn add faker react-modal

First, I will write the sample code of the completed version. This is described in src/App.js.

import React, { Component } from 'react'
import Faker from 'faker'
import Modal from 'react-modal'


class App extends Component {
  constructor(props) {
    this.state = {
      users: [],
      user: {
        products: [],
      modalIsOpen: false,

  componentWillMount() {
    for (let i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
      let products = []

      for (let j = 0; j < 6; j++) {
        const product = {
          name: Faker.commerce.productName(),
          price: Faker.commerce.price(),
          image:, 40),
        products = [...products, product]

      const user = {
        name: Faker.internet.userName(),
        avatar: Faker.internet.avatar(),
        products: products,
      this.setState(prevState => ({
        users: [...prevState.users, user],

  openModal(user) {
      user: user,
      modalIsOpen: true,
    document.body.setAttribute('style', 'overflow: hidden;')

  closeModal() {
    this.setState({ modalIsOpen: false })
    document.body.removeAttribute('style', 'overflow: hidden;')

  renderProducts(product) {
    return (
      <div style={{ border: 'solid 1px #eee' }}>
        <img src={product.image} alt={} width="50" height="50" />
        <h4>Name: {}</h4>
        <h4>Price: {product.price}</h4>

  renderUsers(user) {
    return (
      <div style={{ border: 'solid 1px #eee' }} onClick={this.openModal.bind(this, user)}>
        <img src={user.avatar} alt={} width="50" height="50" />
        <h4>Name: {}</h4>
        <h4>Email: {}</h4>

  render() {
    return (
        { => this.renderUsers(user))}
          contentLabel="Example Modal"
          <button onClick={this.closeModal.bind(this)}>Close</button>
          { => this.renderProducts(product))}

const customStyles = {
  overlay: {
    position: 'fixed',
    top: 0,
    left: 0,
    right: 0,
    bottom: 0,
    backgroundColor: 'rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.75)',
  content: {
    position: 'absolute',
    top: '40px',
    left: '40px',
    right: '40px',
    bottom: '40px',
    border: '1px solid #ccc',
    background: '#fff',
    overflow: 'auto',
    WebkitOverflowScrolling: 'touch',
    borderRadius: '4px',
    outline: 'none',
    padding: '20px',

export default App

Launch server,

yarn run start

And when you check with the browser, such a screen will be displayed.

Perhaps the background will not move when modal is opened.

Fix modal with css

Fixing is easy, only giving css overflow hidden to the <body> tag.

Add document.body.setAttribute('style', 'overflow: hidden;') to the function that opens the modal. In sample code that is openModal().

  openModal(user) {
      user: user,
      modalIsOpen: true,
    document.body.setAttribute('style', 'overflow: hidden;')

On the contrary, we remove this overflow: hidden when closing the modal.

Write document.body.removeAttribute('style', 'overflow: hidden;') to the function that closes the modal.

In sample code, like this.

  closeModal() {
    this.setState({ modalIsOpen: false })
    document.body.removeAttribute('style', 'overflow: hidden;')

Then the background will not move.


Although it was a bit of a thing, actually I did trial and error and twists and turns before finding this way.
Good React life for you.


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