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ScrollTrigger not working as expected, triggers right after the page is loaded not at the time when I scroll to the assigned useRef

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I put an <a> tag for project on the navbar, as I click "project" it will scroll me to the section by its id. I wonder if this function conflicts with scrolltrigger function causing the issue or not.


I have a few React components on the top of this project component.


import "./Project.scss"
import ProjectList from "./ProjectList/ProjectList"
import { projectdata } from "./ProjectData.js"
import { useEffect, useRef } from "react";
import { gsap } from "gsap/all";
import { ScrollTrigger } from "gsap/ScrollTrigger"

export default function Project() {

    const listRef = useRef(null);

    useEffect(() => {
        gsap.fromTo(listRef.current, {
            y: "100%", opacity: 0
        }, {
            y: "0%", opacity: 1, duration: 2,
            scrollTrigger: {
                trigger: listRef.current,
                markers: true,

    return (
        <div className='project' id='project'>
                {projectdata.map((project, index) => (
                    <ProjectList {...project} key={index} ref={listRef} />


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Welcome to the forums @AnthonyZhang220


It's hard to tell what's supposed to happening from your code. Can you make a minimal demo on CodeSandbox?


I would also suggest checking out our React Guide. It looks like you are a missing the array dependency from your effect, and you I'm assuming you would need to create your ScrollTriggers in a loop, but you would need an array of targets first. Check out the useArrayRef hook here.



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