Pure CSS scroll animation


I have been looking for a way to scroll down when clicking on a button that is located on top of a page using CSS3 only.

So I've found this tutorial: http://tympanus.net/codrops/2012/06/12/css-only-responsive-layout-with-smooth-transitions/

Demo: http://tympanus.net/Tutorials/SmoothTransitionsResponsiveLayout/

But it's a bit too advanced for my needs since I just want the browser to scroll down on a click on one button located on top of the page, so I was wondering: is it possible to do those CSS scrolls without the input buttons, just with an anchor tag?

HTML looks like this: <a href="#" class="button">Learn more</a>

I have already some CSS which I need to trigger on button click:

/* Button animation tryout. */
.animate {
    animation: moveDown 0.6s ease-in-out 0.2s backwards;
@keyframes moveDown{
    0% { 
        transform: translateY(-40px); 
        opacity: 0;
    100% { 
        transform: translateY(0px);  
        opacity: 1;

This question is tagged with css scroll css-transitions anchor

~ Asked on 2013-07-13 15:07:02

The Best Answer is


You can do it with anchor tags using css3 :target pseudo-selector, this selector is going to be triggered when the element with the same id as the hash of the current URL get an match. Example

Knowing this, we can combine this technique with the use of proximity selectors like "+" and "~" to select any other element through the target element who id get match with the hash of the current url. An example of this would be something like what you are asking.

~ Answered on 2013-07-13 20:26:52


Use anchor links and the scroll-behavior property (MDN reference) for the scrolling container:

scroll-behavior: smooth;

Browser support: Firefox 36+, Chrome 61+ (therefore also Edge 79+) and Opera 48+.

Intenet Explorer, non-Chromium Edge and (so far) Safari do not support scroll-behavior and simply "jump" to the link target.

Example usage:

  <style type="text/css">
    html {
      scroll-behavior: smooth;
<body id="body">
  <a href="#foo">Go to foo!</a>

  <!-- Some content -->

  <div id="foo">That's foo.</div>
  <a href="#body">Back to top</a>

Here's a Fiddle.

And here's also a Fiddle with both horizontal and vertical scrolling.

~ Answered on 2015-07-30 18:25:08

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