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The backdrop-filter CSS property lets you apply effects such as blurring or color shifting to the area behind an element. Because it applies to everything behind the element, to see the effect you must make the element or its background at least partially transparent.

/* Keyword value */
backdrop-filter: none;

/* URL to SVG filter */
backdrop-filter: url(commonfilters.svg#filter);

/* Filter functions */
backdrop-filter: blur(2px);
backdrop-filter: brightness(60%);
backdrop-filter: contrast(40%);
backdrop-filter: drop-shadow(4px 4px 10px blue);
backdrop-filter: grayscale(30%);
backdrop-filter: hue-rotate(120deg);
backdrop-filter: invert(70%);
backdrop-filter: opacity(20%);
backdrop-filter: sepia(90%);
backdrop-filter: saturate(80%);

/* Multiple filters */
backdrop-filter: url(filters.svg#filter) blur(4px) saturate(150%);

/* Global values */
backdrop-filter: inherit;
backdrop-filter: initial;
backdrop-filter: unset;

Initial valuenone
Applies toall elements; In SVG, it applies to container elements excluding the <defs> element and all graphics elements
Inheritedno
Mediavisual
Computed valueas specified
Animation typea filter function list
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar

Syntax

Values

none
No filter is applied to the backdrop.
<filter-function-list>
Space-separated list of filter functions that will be applied to the backdrop. The available filter functions are the same as for the filter property.

Formal syntax

none | <filter-function-list>

where
<filter-function-list> = [ <filter-function> | <url> ]+

where
<filter-function> = <blur()> | <brightness()> | <contrast()> | <drop-shadow()> | <grayscale()> | <hue-rotate()> | <invert()> | <opacity()> | <sepia()> | <saturate()>

where
<blur()> = blur( <length> )
<brightness()> = brightness( <number-percentage> )
<contrast()> = contrast( [ <number-percentage> ] )
<drop-shadow()> = drop-shadow( <length>{2,3} <color>? )
<grayscale()> = grayscale( <number-percentage> )
<hue-rotate()> = hue-rotate( <angle> )
<invert()> = invert( <number-percentage> )
<opacity()> = opacity( [ <number-percentage> ] )
<sepia()> = sepia( <number-percentage> )
<saturate()> = saturate( <number-percentage> )

where
<number-percentage> = <number> | <percentage>
<color> = <rgb()> | <rgba()> | <hsl()> | <hsla()> | <hex-color> | <named-color> | currentcolor | <deprecated-system-color>

where
<rgb()> = rgb( [ [ <percentage>{3} | <number>{3} ] [ / <alpha-value> ]? ] | [ [ <percentage>#{3} | <number>#{3} ] , <alpha-value>? ] )
<rgba()> = rgba( [ [ <percentage>{3} | <number>{3} ] [ / <alpha-value> ]? ] | [ [ <percentage>#{3} | <number>#{3} ] , <alpha-value>? ] )
<hsl()> = hsl( [ <hue> <percentage> <percentage> [ / <alpha-value> ]? ] | [ <hue>, <percentage>, <percentage>, <alpha-value>? ] )
<hsla()> = hsla( [ <hue> <percentage> <percentage> [ / <alpha-value> ]? ] | [ <hue>, <percentage>, <percentage>, <alpha-value>? ] )

where
<alpha-value> = <number> | <percentage>
<hue> = <number> | <angle>

Example

CSS

.box {
  background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.3);
  border-radius: 5px;
  font-family: sans-serif;
  text-align: center;
  line-height: 1; 
  backdrop-filter: blur(10px);  
  -webkit-backdrop-filter: blur(10px);
  max-width: 50%;
  max-height: 50%;
  padding: 20px 40px;
}

html,
body {
  height: 100%;
  width: 100%;
}

body {
  background-image: url('http://lorempixel.com/400/200/');
  background-position: center center;
  background-repeat: no-repeat;
  background-size: cover;
}

.container {
  align-items: center;
  display: flex;
  justify-content: center;
  height: 100%;
  width: 100%;
}

HTML

<div class="container">
  <div class="box">
    <p>backdrop-filter: blur(10px)</p>
  </div>
</div>

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Filter Effects Module Level 2
The definition of 'backdrop-filter' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support No support[1] No support[2] No support[3] ? 9.0-webkit
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support ? ? ? ?

[1] Chrome currently implements this feature behind the chrome://flags preference Experimental Web Platform features. See Chromium bug #497522.

[2] Gecko currently doesn't implement this feature. See bug 1178765.

[3] Edge has this feature under consideration. See the the status page or vote for this issue.

See also

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