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CSS backface-visibility Property

The backface-visibility property determines whether or not the "back" side of a transformed element is visible when facing the user.

CSS Demo: backface-visibility

backface-visibility: visible;
backface-visibility: hidden;
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The backface-visibility property is useful for creating animations like revolving coin or card flipping, where two different images (i.e. front and back side) are blend together to create better 3D rotation effect.

Technical Details

Default value visible
Applies to transformable elements
Inherited no
Computed value as specified
Animatable no See animatable properties.
Version CSS3
JavaScript syntax object.style.backfaceVisibility="hidden"


CSS Syntax:

backface-visibility: visible|hidden|initial|inherit

Examples

The example below demonstrates how to use backface-visibility property:

Run code

Browser compatibility

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the backface-visibility property:

Property
backface-visibility 38
-webkit-
16
-moz-
23
-webkit-
9
-webkit-
10

Property Values

The following table describes the values of backface-visibility property:

Value Description
visible Specifies that the backside is visible, allowing the frontside to be displayed mirrored. (This is default)
hidden Specifies the backside is not visible
initial Sets this property to its default value
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element