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An event handler for the transitioncancel event. This event is sent when a CSS transition is cancelled.

The transition is cancelled when:

  • The value of the transition-property property that applies to the target is changed
  • The display property is set to "none".
  • The transition is stopped before it has run to completion, e.g. by moving the mouse off a hover-transitioning element.


var transitionCancelHandler = target.ontransitioncancel;

target.ontransitioncancel = Function


A Function to be called when a transitioncancel event occurs indicating that a CSS transition has been cancelled on the target, where the target object is an HTML element (HTMLElement), document (Document), or window (Window). The function receives as input a single parameter: a TransitionEvent object describing the event which occurred; the event's TransitionEvent.elapsedTime property's value should be the same as the value of transition-duration.

Note: elapsedTime does not include time prior to the transition effect beginning; that means that the value of transition-delay doesn't affect the value of elapsedTime, which is zero until the delay period ends and the animation begins.


In this example, we use the transitionrun and transitionend events to detect when the transition begins and ends, to cause a text update to occur during the transition. This could also be used to trigger animations or other effects, to allow chaining of reactions.

In addition, we also use a click event to make the box dissappear (display: none;), showing how it triggers the transitioncancel event to fire.

HTML content

This simply creates a <div> which we'll style with CSS below to make into a box that resizes and changes color and such.

<div class="box"></div>

CSS content

The CSS below styles the box and applies a transition effect which makes the box's color and size change, and causes the box to rotate, while the mouse cursor hovers over it.

.box {
  margin-left: 70px;
  margin-top: 30px;
  border-style: solid;
  border-width: 1px;
  display: block;
  width: 100px;
  height: 100px;
  background-color: #0000FF;
  color: #FFFFFF;
  padding: 20px;
  font: bold 1.6em "Helvetica", "Arial", sans-serif;
  -webkit-transition: width 2s, height 2s, background-color 2s, -webkit-transform 2s, color 2s;
  transition: width 2s, height 2s, background-color 2s, transform 2s, color 2s;

.box:hover {
  background-color: #FFCCCC;
  color: #000000;
  width: 200px;
  height: 200px;
  -webkit-transform: rotate(180deg);
  transform: rotate(180deg);

JavaScript content

Next, we need to establish our event handlers to change the text content of the box when the transition begins and ends.

let box = document.querySelector(".box");
box.ontransitionrun = function(event) {
  box.innerHTML = "Zooming...";

box.ontransitionend = function(event) {
  box.innerHTML = "Done!";

box.onclick = function() {
  box.style.display = 'none';
  timeout = window.setTimeout(appear, 2000);
  function appear() {
    box.style.display = 'block';

box.ontransitioncancel = function(event) {
  console.log('transitioncancel fired after ' + event.elapsedTime + ' seconds.');


The resulting content looks like this:

Notice what happens when you hover your mouse cursor over the box, then move it away.

Also note the log that appears in the JavaScript console when you click the box, or move the cursor away before the transition has run to completion.


Specification Status Comment
CSS Transitions
The definition of 'ontransitioncancel' in that specification.
Working Draft  

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support (Yes) 53 (53) ? ? ? ?
Feature Android Android Webview Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Chrome for Android
Basic support ? ? 53.0 (53) ? ? ? (Yes)

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