backface-visibility property CSS Reference



Definition and Usage

The CSS backface-visibility property determines whether or not the back face of the element is visible when facing the user. The back face of an element always is a transparent background, letting, when visible, a mirror image of the front face be displayed.

There are cases when we do not want the front face of an element to be visible through the back face, like when doing a flipping card effect (setting two elements side-to-side).

This property has no effect on 2D transforms as there is no perspective.

  • Initial visible
  • Applies to transformable elements
  • Inherited no
  • Media visual
  • Computed Value as specified
  • Animatable no
  • Canonical order the unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar

Syntax

Formal syntax:  visible | hidden 
backface-visibility: visibility
backface-visibility: visible
backface-visibility: hidden

Values

visibility
Is a keyword indicating if the backface must be visible or not. It can have the following values:
  • visible meaning that the back face is visible, allowing the front face to be displayed mirrored;
  • hidden meaning that the back face is not visible, hiding the front face.

Examples

backface-visibility: visible; backface-visibility: hidden;
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Though not opaque, the front sides don't allow the back faces of the hidden sides to be displayed.

Compatibility

Desktop browsers

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 12-webkit 10.0 (10)-moz
16.0 (16)
10 15-webkit (Yes)-webkit

Mobile browsers

Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 3.0-webkit NA 10.0 (10)-moz
16.0 (16)
NA Not supported (Yes)-webkit

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