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    The CSS backface-visibility property determines whether or not the back face of the element is visible when facing the user. The back face of an element always is a transparent background, letting, when visible, a mirror image of the front face be displayed.

    There are cases when we do not want the front face of an element to be visible through the back face, like when doing a flipping card effect (setting two elements side-to-side).

    This property has no effect on 2D transforms as there is no perspective.


    backface-visibility: visible;
    backface-visibility: hidden;


    This property can have two different (exclusive) values:

    • visible meaning that the back face is visible, allowing the front face to be displayed mirrored
    • hidden meaning that the back face is not visible, hiding the front face

    Formal syntax

    visible | hidden


    Cube with transparent faces

    HTML Content

          <th><code>backface-visibility: visible;</code></th>
          <th><code>backface-visibility: hidden;</code></th>
            <div class="container">
              <div class="cube showbf">
                <div class="face front">1</div>
                <div class="face back">2</div>
                <div class="face right">3</div>
                <div class="face left">4</div>
                <div class="face top">5</div>
                <div class="face bottom">6</div>
            <p>All the faces are transparent and the three back faces are visible through the front ones.</p>
            <div class="container">
              <div class="cube hidebf">
                <div class="face front">1</div>
                <div class="face back">2</div>
                <div class="face right">3</div>
                <div class="face left">4</div>
                <div class="face top">5</div>
                <div class="face bottom">6</div>
            <p>No face is opaque, but the three back faces are always hidden now.</p>

    CSS Content

    /* Shorthand classes that will show or hide the three back faces of the "cube" */
    .hidebf div {
      backface-visibility: hidden;
      -webkit-backface-visibility: hidden;
    .showbf div {
      backface-visibility: visible;
      -webkit-backface-visibility: visible;
    /* Define the container div, the cube div, and a generic face */
    .container {
      width: 150px;
      height: 150px;
      margin: 75px 0 0 75px;
      border: none;
    .cube {
      width: 100%;
      height: 100%;
      perspective: 550px;
      perspective-origin: 150% 150%;
      transform-style: preserve-3d;
      -webkit-perspective: 300px;
      -webkit-perspective-origin: 150% 150%;
      -webkit-transform-style: preserve-3d;
    .face {
      display: block;
      position: absolute;
      width: 100px;
      height: 100px;
      border: none;
      line-height: 100px;
      font-family: sans-serif;
      font-size: 60px;
      color: white;
      text-align: center;
    /* Define each face based on direction */
    .front {
      background: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.3);
      transform: translateZ(50px);
      -webkit-transform: translateZ(50px);
    .back {
      background: rgba(0, 255, 0, 1);
      color: black;
      transform: rotateY(180deg) translateZ(50px);
      -webkit-transform: rotateY(180deg) translateZ(50px);
    .right {
      background: rgba(196, 0, 0, 0.7);
      transform: rotateY(90deg) translateZ(50px);
      -webkit-transform: rotateY(90deg) translateZ(50px);
    .left {
      background: rgba(0, 0, 196, 0.7);
      transform: rotateY(-90deg) translateZ(50px);
      -webkit-transform: rotateY(-90deg) translateZ(50px);
    .top {
      background: rgba(196, 196, 0, 0.7);
      transform: rotateX(90deg) translateZ(50px);
      -webkit-transform: rotateX(90deg) translateZ(50px)
    .bottom {
      background: rgba(196, 0, 196, 0.7);
      transform: rotateX(-90deg) translateZ(50px);
      -webkit-transform: rotateX(-90deg) translateZ(50px);
    /* Make the table a little nicer */
    th, p, td {
      background-color: #EEEEEE;
      margin: 0px;
      padding: 6px;
      font-family: sans-serif;
      text-align: left;



    Specification Status Comment
    CSS Transforms Level 1
    The definition of 'backface-visibility' in that specification.
    Working Draft  

    Browser compatibility

    Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
    Basic support 12-webkit 10 (10)-moz
    16 (16)
    10 15-webkit (Yes)-webkit
    Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support 3.0-webkit (Yes)-webkit 10.0 (10)-moz
    16.0 (16)
    (Yes)-webkit (Yes)-webkit

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