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How to animate background-color of an element on mouse hover using CSS

Topic: HTML / CSSPrev|Next

Answer: Use the CSS3 transition property

You can use the CSS3 transition property to smoothly animate the background-color of an element on mouseover, such as a hyperlink or a button.

Let's try out an example to understand how it basically works:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>CSS Smooth Background Color Transition</title>
<style>
    a {
        color: #fff;
        border: none;
        padding: 10px 20px;
        display: inline-block;
        text-decoration: none;
        font: bold 18px sans-serif;
        background: #fd7c2a;
        -webkit-transition: background 2s; /* For Safari 3.0 to 6.0 */
        transition: background 2s; /* For modern browsers */
    }
    a:hover {
        background: #3cc16e;
    }
</style>
</head>
<body>
    <p><a href="#">Hover on me</a></p>
</body>
</html>

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