I am trying to enable the smooth scrolling feature in Zathura. I have the following line in my zathurarc: set smooth-scroll true, but the scrolling doesn't become smooth.

According to the documentation:


Defines if scrolling via touchpad should be smooth(only available with gtk >= 3.4).

I have gtk 3.22 installed (which is greater than 3.4, right?) as dpkg -s libgtk-3-0|grep '^Version' gives me Version: 3.22.4-1.

What do I need to do in order to enable smooth scroll? The "via touchpad" part is also suspicious, but I can't get it to work on either a touchpad, a scrollwheel or with the keyboard.

Another suspicious thing is that it does not autocomplete when I type :set sm which it does with other options.

  • can you try setting a verbose error-log level? Maybe that would give you a hint about the underlying problem. Also, have you observed problems with other applications and the scroll-speed? – ILMostro_7 Oct 3 '17 at 14:51
  • In newer releases of Zathura (0.4.3) the scrolling is now smooth by default. Still no smooth-scroll option. – Hielke Walinga Jan 10 '19 at 21:27
  • @ILMostro_7: Nope, I don't see anything suspicious with verbose logging and nope, no other applications are behaving strange. – nijoakim Jan 10 '19 at 23:00
  • @Heilke Walinga: Hmm... Strange! I am running 0.4.3 and the scrolling is not smooth. So... Is it smooth for you, you say? – nijoakim Jan 10 '19 at 23:01
  • @nijoakim Sorry to bother you, were you able to find a workaround to enable smooth scrolling in zathura ? – Atralb Jun 12 at 15:21

I've just updated to the latest version (zathura 0.4.4, girara 0.3.3) and I'm now getting:

warning: Unknown option: smooth-scroll

this seems to be because of a change to girara that made smooth scrolling always be turned on

looks like we can just remove this line from our config files now!

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I use the touchpad and had the same problem. this got it fixed though:

:set scroll-step 50

(you can fiddle with the number to see which suits you the best)

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    Hmm... According to the man page, that should have nothing to do with smoothness, and the default value is 40; I don't see why 50 would make a difference. I have tried it anyway, but that doesn't change the smoothness. – nijoakim Jan 10 '19 at 23:03

You have to put double quotes around true

set smooth-scroll "true"

From man zathurarc

   set - Changing options
      · BOOL - A boolean value ("true" for true, "false" for false)
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  • Seems unlikely.  I did a Google search for zathurarc, and the first hit shows examples of set … true without quotes.  Can you give a reference that supports your answer?  (Please do not respond in comments; edit your answer to make it clearer and more complete.) Can anybody verify that this works? – G-Man Says 'Reinstate Monica' Mar 7 '19 at 23:41
  • Hmm... I tried it but I don't see a difference. Thanks for your answer, though, and feel free to elaborate if you think that I have misunderstood something. – nijoakim Mar 8 '19 at 21:48
  • I have edited my answer to include a reference from the man page. Also note that smooth-scroll does not enable smooth scrolling with vim-like motion keys. It only enables with trackpad. – vn-ki Mar 9 '19 at 0:19
  • This isn't true. Zathura errors when you give it a bad value, which it does not do for just writing true instead of "true". Also this doesn't work. – half-potato Jun 9 '19 at 0:03
  • @vn-ki This is wrong. The double quotes are just a convention to unambiguously tell exactly what should be actually written in the config file : what is inside the double quotes. Unfortunately it can also be ambiguous when this convention is not clearly stated beforehand in the document. – Atralb Jun 12 at 15:04

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