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The fill property of the Web Animations API dictates how and when the animation's effects should be reflected by the element(s) visual state.

Note: Element.animate(), KeyframeEffectReadOnly.KeyframeEffectReadOnly(), and KeyframeEffect.KeyframeEffect() all accept an object of timing properties including fill. The value of fill corresponds directly to AnimationEffectTimingReadOnly.fill in timing objects returned by AnimationEffectReadOnly, KeyframeEffectReadOnly, and KeyframeEffect.


// Make the animated element retain the animation's effects even after the animation finishes.
var timingProperties = {
  fill: "forwards"


A DOMString representing the fill type to be applied. It can take one of the following values (defaults to none):

The animation's effects are only visible while the animation is iterating or its playhead is positioned over an iteration. The animation's effects are not visible when its playState is pending with a delay, when its playState is finished, or during its endDelay or  delay.
The animation's effects should be retained after the animation has completed playing, in spite of and during any endDelay or when its playState is finished.
The animation's effects should be reflected by the element(s) state prior to playing, in spite of and during any delay and pending playState.
Combining the effects of both forwards and backwards: The animation's effects should be reflected by the element(s) state prior to playing and retained after the animation has completed playing, in spite of and during any endDelay, delay and/or pending or finished playState.


In the Follow the White Rabbit example, the White Rabbit's animation is formed by coupling a KeyframeEffect with an Animation object. The keyframeEffect takes an object of timing properties, which is where we pass in fill. Forwards makes the rabbit retain its last keyframe rather than reverting to its unanimated state:

// Create a set of keyframes to slide the rabbit down the hole--and keep him down with 'fill'!
var rabbitDownKeyframes = new KeyframeEffect(
    { transform: 'translateY(0%)' }, 
    { transform: 'translateY(100%)' }
  ], {
    duration: 3000, 
    fill: 'forwards' 

// Set up the rabbit's animation to play on command by calling later
var rabbitDownAnimation = new Animation(rabbitDownKeyframes, document.timeline);


Specification Status Comment
Web Animations
The definition of 'fill' in that specification.
Working Draft Editor's draft.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support (Yes) 48 (48) No support (Yes) No support
Feature Android Android Webview Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? ? ? ? ? No support No support No support

See also


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