[Solved] Smooth CSS Transition Animation Rotation

I have created this fiddle to demonstrate the problem:


Animation ROTATION and HOVER seems to work fine for changing direction but the TOGGLE when I hover over the item for transition is jumpy and not a smooth reverse of direction like I would like.

Here is the basic code without browser prefix:

@keyframes spin {
    0% { transform: rotate(0deg); }
    100% { transform: rotate(360deg); }
.spin {
    animation: spin 3.5s linear 0s infinite normal;
    width: 100px;
    height: 100px;
    border-radius: 50px 50px 50px 50px;
    overflow: hidden;
    margin-left: -50px;
    margin-top: -50px;
    top: 50%;
    left: 50%;
    position: absolute;
.spin:hover {
    animation: spin 3.5s linear 0s infinite reverse;

I have been trying to play around with the following:

transition-property: transform;
transition-duration: 0s;
transition-timing-function: ease-in-out;

In an attempt to smooth the animation so that the symbol smoothly reverses direction but I can’t quite seem to get it right… any help would be great!


Enquirer: Go Nate


Solution #1:

I needed to think a lot to solve your request; but I have finally find the solution


The relevant CSS code :

.spin {
    animation: spin 2s linear 0s infinite reverse;
    -moz-animation: 2s linear 0s reverse none infinite spin;
    -webkit-animation: spin 2s linear 0s infinite reverse;
    -0-animation: spin 2s linear 0s infinite reverse;
    -webkit-animation-play-state: paused;
    -o-animation-play-state: paused;
    -moz-animation-play-state: paused;
    animation-play-state: paused;
.spin:hover {
    -webkit-animation-play-state: running;
    -o-animation-play-state: running;
    -moz-animation-play-state: running;
    -webkit-animation-play-state: running;
.yin-yang {
    animation: spin 4s linear 0s infinite normal;
    -moz-animation: 4s linear 0s normal none infinite spin;
    -webkit-animation: spin 4s linear 0s infinite normal;
    -0-animation: spin 4s linear 0s infinite normal;

The trick: since you already had 2 elements (spin and yin-yang) I set one of them to rotate in one direction, and the other one to rotate in reverse, and more fast. When both are running, the net effect is to rotate in one direction; when only one is rotating, the net effect is the opposite.

Now, the only thing that is left is to pause and restart the fast rotation (not setting reseting it !)

Detected one mistake on the above, the fourth line of .spin:hover should be the un-prefixed:

.spin:hover {
    -webkit-animation-play-state: running;
    -o-animation-play-state: running;
    -moz-animation-play-state: running;
    animation-play-state: running;

corrected demo

Adding an extra element in the HTML I have been able to make the rotation change smooth.

smooth transition demo

The extra CSS is:

.acc {
    transition: all 4s ease-out;
.spin:hover .acc {
    -webkit-transform: rotate(-360deg);
    transform: rotate(-360deg);
Respondent: vals

Solution #2:

well, this out:


#test {
    margin: 100px;
    height: 200px; width: 200px;
    background: black;
    -webkit-transition: all 1s ease;
    -moz-transition: all 1s ease;
    -o-transition: all 1s ease;
    -ms-transition: all 1s ease;
    transition: all 1s ease;

#test:hover {
    background: gray;
    -webkit-transform: rotate(1080deg);
    -moz-transform: rotate(1080deg);
    -o-transform: rotate(1080deg);
    -ms-transform: rotate(1080deg);
    transform: rotate(1080deg);

    -webkit-border-radius: 100px;
    -moz-border-radius: 100px;
    border-radius: 100px;


<div id="test"></div>


The problem that you are having is due to the slowness of the transition. Since css can have any logic, when you hover the elm will start again from “0” or “360” or whatever your setup was. So will never be smooth because css can’t know what was the last “deg num” before the hover happened…

However! you can try stylus

Stylus features powerful in-language function definitions.”

Hope this help :/

Respondent: Darkagelink

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