The transform CSS property lets you rotate, scale, skew, or translate an element. It modifies the coordinate space of the CSS visual formatting model.

If the property has a value different than none, a stacking context will be created. In that case, the element will act as a containing block for any position: fixed; or position: absolute; elements that it contains.

Only transformable elements can be transformed. That is, all elements whose layout is governed by the CSS box model except for: non-replaced inline boxes, table-column boxes, and table-column-group boxes.


/* Keyword values */
transform: none;

/* Function values */
transform: matrix(1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0);
transform: matrix3d(1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1);
transform: perspective(17px);
transform: rotate(0.5turn);
transform: rotate3d(1, 2.0, 3.0, 10deg);
transform: rotateX(10deg);
transform: rotateY(10deg);
transform: rotateZ(10deg);
transform: translate(12px, 50%);
transform: translate3d(12px, 50%, 3em);
transform: translateX(2em);
transform: translateY(3in);
transform: translateZ(2px);
transform: scale(2, 0.5);
transform: scale3d(2.5, 1.2, 0.3);
transform: scaleX(2);
transform: scaleY(0.5);
transform: scaleZ(0.3);
transform: skew(30deg, 20deg);
transform: skewX(30deg);
transform: skewY(1.07rad);

/* Multiple function values */
transform: translateX(10px) rotate(10deg) translateY(5px);
transform: perspective(500px) translate(10px, 0, 20px) rotateY(3deg);

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

The transform property may be specified as either the keyword value none or as one or more <transform-function> values.

If perspective() is one of multiple function values, it must be listed first.


One or more of the CSS transform functions to be applied. The transform functions are multiplied in order from left to right, meaning that composite transforms are effectively applied in order from right to left.
Specifies that no transform should be applied.

Accessibility concerns

Scaling/zooming animations are problematic for accessibility, as they are a common trigger for certain types of migraine. If you need to include such animations on your website, you should provide a control to allow users to turn off animations, preferably site-wide.

Also, consider making use of the prefers-reduced-motion media feature — use it to write a media query that will turn off animations if the user has reduced animation specified in their system preferences.

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Formal definition

Initial valuenone
Applies totransformable elements
Percentagesrefer to the size of bounding box
Computed valueas specified, but with relative lengths converted into absolute lengths
Animation typea transform
Creates stacking contextyes

Formal syntax

none | <transform-list>where <transform-list> = <transform-function>+where <transform-function> = <matrix()> | <translate()> | <translateX()> | <translateY()> | <scale()> | <scaleX()> | <scaleY()> | <rotate()> | <skew()> | <skewX()> | <skewY()> | <matrix3d()> | <translate3d()> | <translateZ()> | <scale3d()> | <scaleZ()> | <rotate3d()> | <rotateX()> | <rotateY()> | <rotateZ()> | <perspective()>where <matrix()> = matrix( <number>#{6} )<translate()> = translate( <length-percentage> , <length-percentage>? )<translateX()> = translateX( <length-percentage> )<translateY()> = translateY( <length-percentage> )<scale()> = scale( <number> , <number>? )<scaleX()> = scaleX( <number> )<scaleY()> = scaleY( <number> )<rotate()> = rotate( [ <angle> | <zero> ] )<skew()> = skew( [ <angle> | <zero> ] , [ <angle> | <zero> ]? )<skewX()> = skewX( [ <angle> | <zero> ] )<skewY()> = skewY( [ <angle> | <zero> ] )<matrix3d()> = matrix3d( <number>#{16} )<translate3d()> = translate3d( <length-percentage> , <length-percentage> , <length> )<translateZ()> = translateZ( <length> )<scale3d()> = scale3d( <number> , <number> , <number> )<scaleZ()> = scaleZ( <number> )<rotate3d()> = rotate3d( <number> , <number> , <number> , [ <angle> | <zero> ] )<rotateX()> = rotateX( [ <angle> | <zero> ] )<rotateY()> = rotateY( [ <angle> | <zero> ] )<rotateZ()> = rotateZ( [ <angle> | <zero> ] )<perspective()> = perspective( <length> )where <length-percentage> = <length> | <percentage>


Translating and rotating an element


<div>Transformed element</div>


div {
  border: solid red;
  transform: translate(30px, 20px) rotate(20deg);
  width: 140px;
  height: 60px;


More examples

Please see Using CSS transforms and <transform-function> for more examples.


Specification Status Comment
CSS Transforms Level 2
The definition of 'transform' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Adds 3D transform functions.
CSS Transforms Level 1
The definition of 'transform' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition.

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See also