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The transform-origin property lets you modify the origin for transformations of an element. For example, the transform-origin of the rotate() function is the centre of rotation. (This property is applied by first translating the element by the negated value of the property, then applying the element's transform, then translating by the property value.)

Not explicitly set values are reset to their corresponding values.

  • Initial value 50% 50% 0
  • Applies to transformable elements
  • Inherited no
  • Percentages refer to the size of bounding box
  • Media visual
  • Computed value for <length> the absolute value, otherwise a percentage
  • Animatable yes, as a simple list of a length, percentage or calc(); when both values are lengths, they are interpolated as lengths; when both values are percentages, they are interpolated as percentages; otherwise, both values are converted into a calc() function that is the sum of a length and a percentage (each possibly zero), and these calc() functions have each half interpolated as real numbers.
  • Canonical order One or two values, with length made absolute and keywords translated to percentages


/* One-value syntax */
transform-origin: 2px;
transform-origin: bottom;

/* x-offset y-offset */
transform-origin: 3cm 2px;

/* y-offset x-offset-keyword */
transform-origin: 2px left;

/* x-offset-keyword y-offset */
transform-origin: left 2px;

/* x-offset-keyword y-offset-keyword */
transform-origin: right top;

/* y-offset-keyword x-offset-keyword */
transform-origin: top right;

/* x-offset y-offset z-offset */
transform-origin: 2px 30% 10px;

/* y-offset x-offset-keyword z-offset */
transform-origin: 2px left 10px;

/* x-offset-keyword y-offset z-offset */
transform-origin: left 5px -3px;

/* x-offset-keyword y-offset-keyword z-offset */
transform-origin: right bottom 2cm;

/* y-offset-keyword x-offset-keyword z-offset */
transform-origin: bottom right 2cm;

/* Global values */
transform-origin: inherit;
transform-origin: initial;
transform-origin: unset;


Is a <length> or a <percentage> describing how far from the left edge of the box the origin of the transform is set.
Is one of the left, right, top, bottom or center keyword describing the corresponding offset.
Is a <length> or a <percentage> describing how far from the top edge of the box the origin of the transform is set.
Is one of the left, right or center keyword describing how far from the left edge of the box the origin of the transform is set.
Is one of the top, bottom or center keyword describing how far from the top edge of the box the origin of the transform is set.
Is a <length> (and never a <percentage> which would make the statement invalid) describing how far from the user eye the z=0 origin is set.

The keywords are convenience shorthands and match the following <percentage> values:

keyword value
left 0%
center 50%
right 100%
top 0%
bottom 100%

Formal syntax

[ <percentage> | <length> | left | center | right | top | bottom] | [ [ <percentage> | <length> | left | center | right ] && [ <percentage> | <length> | top | center | bottom ] ] <length>?


See Using CSS transforms for examples.

Live Examples

transform: none;
transform: rotate(30deg);
transform: rotate(30deg);
transform-origin: 0 0;
transform: rotate(30deg);
transform-origin: 100% 100%;
transform: rotate(30deg);
transform-origin: -10em -30em;
transform: scale(1.9);
transform: scale(1.9);
transform-origin: 0 0;
transform: scale(1.9);
transform-origin: 100% -30%;
transform: skewX(50deg);
transform: skewY(50deg);
transform-origin: 100% -30%;


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

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) -webkit 3.5 (1.9.1)-moz
16.0 (16.0)
Three-value syntax (Yes) -webkit 10 (10)-moz
16.0 (16.0)
10.0 [1] Not supported (Yes) -webkit
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? ? ? ?
? ?
Three-value syntax ? ? ? ? Not supported ?

[1] Internet Explorer 5.5 or later supports a proprietary Matrix Filter which can be used to achieve similar effects.

See also