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The transition CSS property is a shorthand property for transition-property, transition-duration, transition-timing-function, and transition-delay. It enables you to define the transition between two states of an element. Different states may be defined using pseudo-classes like :hover or :active or dynamically set using JavaScript.

Initial valueas each of the properties of the shorthand:
Applies toall elements, ::before and ::after pseudo-elements
Computed valueas each of the properties of the shorthand:
Canonical orderorder of appearance in the formal grammar of the values


/* Apply to 1 property */
/* property name | duration */
transition: margin-left 4s;

/* property name | duration | delay */
transition: margin-left 4s 1s;

/* property name | duration | timing function | delay */
transition: margin-left 4s ease-in-out 1s;

/* Apply to 2 properties */
transition: margin-left 4s, color 1s;

/* Apply to all changed properties */
transition: all 0.5s ease-out;

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

Note that order is important within the items in this property: the first value that can be parsed as a time is assigned to the transition-duration, and the second value that can be parsed as a time is assigned to transition-delay.

See how things are handled when lists of property values aren't the same length. In short, extra transition descriptions beyond the number of properties actually being animated are ignored.

Formal syntax


<single-transition> = [ none | <single-transition-property> ] || <time> || <single-transition-timing-function> || <time>

<single-transition-property> = all | IDENT


There are several more examples of CSS transitions included in the main CSS transitions article.


Specification Status Comment
CSS Transitions
The definition of 'transition' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 1.0 -webkit
4.0 (2.0) -moz
16.0 (16.0)
10.0 11.6 -o
12.10 #
3.0 -webkit
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 2.1 -webkit 4.0 (2.0) -moz
16.0 (16.0)
? 10.0 -o
12.10 #
3.2 -webkit

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