HTMLElement: animationcancel event

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The animationcancel event is fired when a CSS Animation unexpectedly aborts. In other words, any time it stops running without sending an animationend event. This might happen when the animation-name is changed such that the animation is removed, or when the animating node is hidden using CSS. Therefore, either directly or because any of its containing nodes are hidden.

An event handler for this event can be added by setting the onanimationcancel property, or using addEventListener().

Bubbles Yes
Cancelable No
Interface AnimationEvent
Event handler property onanimationcancel


This code gets an element that's currently being animated and adds a listener to the animationcancel event. It then sets the element's display property to none, which will trigger the animationcancel event.

const animated = document.querySelector('.animated');

animated.addEventListener('animationcancel', () => {
  console.log('Animation canceled');
}); = 'none';

The same, but using the onanimationcancel property instead of addEventListener():

const animated = document.querySelector('.animated');
animated.onanimationcancel = () => {
  console.log('Animation canceled');
}; = 'none';

Live example


<div class="animation-example">
    <div class="container">
        <p class="animation">You chose a cold night to visit our planet.</p>
    <button class="activate" type="button">Activate animation</button>
    <div class="event-log"></div>


.container {
  height: 3rem;

.event-log {
  width: 25rem;
  height: 2rem;
  border: 1px solid black;
  margin: 0.2rem;
  padding: 0.2rem;
} {
  animation-duration: 2s;
  animation-name: slidein;
  animation-iteration-count: 2;

@keyframes slidein {
  from {
    transform: translateX(100%) scaleX(3);
  to {
    transform: translateX(0) scaleX(1);


const animation = document.querySelector('p.animation');
const animationEventLog = document.querySelector('.animation-example>.event-log');
const applyAnimation = document.querySelector('.animation-example>button.activate');
let iterationCount = 0;

animation.addEventListener('animationstart', () => {
  animationEventLog.textContent = `${animationEventLog.textContent}'animation started' `;

animation.addEventListener('animationiteration', () => {
  animationEventLog.textContent = `${animationEventLog.textContent}'animation iterations: ${iterationCount}' `;

animation.addEventListener('animationend', () => {
  animationEventLog.textContent = `${animationEventLog.textContent}'animation ended'`;
  applyAnimation.textContent = "Activate animation";

animation.addEventListener('animationcancel', () => {
  animationEventLog.textContent = `${animationEventLog.textContent}'animation canceled'`;

applyAnimation.addEventListener('click', () => {
  animationEventLog.textContent = '';
  iterationCount = 0;
  let active = animation.classList.contains('active');
  if (active) {
    applyAnimation.textContent = "Cancel animation";
  } else {
    applyAnimation.textContent = "Activate animation";



CSS Animations Level 2
# eventdef-globaleventhandlers-animationcancel

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