CSS - animation

The animation CSS property is a shorthand property for animation-name, animation-duration, animation-timing-function, animation-delay, animation-iteration-count, animation-direction, animation-fill-mode and animation-play-state.

Examples

Example1

See CSS animations for examples.

Cylon Eye

Considering all browser-specific prefixes, here is a cylon eye animation incorporating linear gradients and animations that works across all major browsers:

<div class="view_port">
  <div class="polling_message">
    Listening for dispatches
  </div>
  <div class="cylon_eye"></div>
</div>
.polling_message {
  color: white;
  float: left;
  margin-right: 2%;            
}

.view_port {
  background-color: black;
  height: 25px;
  width: 100%;
  overflow: hidden;
}

.cylon_eye {
  background-color: red;
  background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient(    left, rgba( 0,0,0,0.9 ) 25%, rgba( 0,0,0,0.1 ) 50%, rgba( 0,0,0,0.9 ) 75%);
  background-image:    -moz-linear-gradient(    left, rgba( 0,0,0,0.9 ) 25%, rgba( 0,0,0,0.1 ) 50%, rgba( 0,0,0,0.9 ) 75%);
  background-image:      -o-linear-gradient(    left, rgba( 0,0,0,0.9 ) 25%, rgba( 0,0,0,0.1 ) 50%, rgba( 0,0,0,0.9 ) 75%);
  background-image:         linear-gradient(to right, rgba( 0,0,0,0.9 ) 25%, rgba( 0,0,0,0.1 ) 50%, rgba( 0,0,0,0.9 ) 75%);
  color: white;
  height: 100%;
  width: 20%;

  -webkit-animation: 4s linear 0s infinite alternate move_eye;
     -moz-animation: 4s linear 0s infinite alternate move_eye;
       -o-animation: 4s linear 0s infinite alternate move_eye;
          animation: 4s linear 0s infinite alternate move_eye;
}

@-webkit-keyframes move_eye { from { margin-left:-20%; } to { margin-left:100%; }  }
   @-moz-keyframes move_eye { from { margin-left:-20%; } to { margin-left:100%; }  }
     @-o-keyframes move_eye { from { margin-left:-20%; } to { margin-left:100%; }  }
        @keyframes move_eye { from { margin-left:-20%; } to { margin-left:100%; }  }

Syntax  

/* @keyframes duration | timing-function | delay | 
   iteration-count | direction | fill-mode | play-state | name */
  animation: 3s ease-in 1s 2 reverse both paused slidein;

/* @keyframes duration | timing-function | delay | name */
  animation: 3s linear 1s slidein;

/* @keyframes duration | name */
  animation: 3s slidein;

The order is important within each animation definition: the first value that can be parsed as a <time> is assigned to the animation-duration, and the second one is assigned to animation-delay.

Note that order is also important within each animation definition for distinguishing animation-name values from other keywords. When parsing, keywords that are valid for properties other than animation-name whose values were not found earlier in the shorthand must be accepted for those properties rather than for animation-name. Furthermore, when serializing, default values of other properties must be output in at least the cases necessary to distinguish an animation-name that could be a value of another property, and may be output in additional cases.

Formal syntax

<single-animation>#

where
<single-animation> = <time> || <single-timing-function> || <time> || <single-animation-iteration-count> || <single-animation-direction> || <single-animation-fill-mode> || <single-animation-play-state> || <single-animation-name>

where
<single-timing-function> = <single-transition-timing-function>
<single-animation-iteration-count> = infinite | <number>
<single-animation-direction> = normal | reverse | alternate | alternate-reverse
<single-animation-fill-mode> = none | forwards | backwards | both
<single-animation-play-state> = running | paused
<single-animation-name> = none | IDENT

where
<single-transition-timing-function> = ease | linear | ease-in | ease-out | ease-in-out | step-start | step-end | steps(<integer>[, [ start | end ] ]?) | cubic-bezier(<number>, <number>, <number>, <number>)

Description  

The animation CSS property is a shorthand property for animation-name, animation-duration, animation-timing-function, animation-delay, animation-iteration-count, animation-direction, animation-fill-mode and animation-play-state.

A description of which properties are animatable is available; it's worth noting that this description is also valid for CSS transitions.

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

Browser Compatibility  

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support (Yes)-webkit
43.0
5.0 (5.0)-moz
16.0 (16.0)[2]
10 12-o
12.50[3]
4.0-webkit
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 2.1 -webkit [1]
4.0 -webkit
5.0 (5.0)-moz
16.0 (16.0)
? ? (Yes)-webkit

[1] Partial support: animation-fill-mode property is not supported in Android browser below 2.3.

[2] In addition to the unprefixed support, Gecko 44.0 (Firefox 44.0 / Thunderbird 44.0 / SeaMonkey 2.41) added support for a -webkit prefixed version of the property for web compatibility reasons behind the preference layout.css.prefixes.webkit, defaulting to false. Since Gecko 49.0 (Firefox 49.0 / Thunderbird 49.0 / SeaMonkey 2.46) the preference defaults to true.

[3] See the release notes to Opera 12.50.

See Also  

Specifications  

Specification Status Comment
CSS Animations
The definition of 'animation' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition

License

© 2016 Mozilla Contributors
Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License v2.5 or later.
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-us/docs/web/css/animation