The animation-play-state CSS property sets whether an animation is running or paused.

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Resuming a paused animation will start the animation from where it left off at the time it was paused, rather than starting over from the beginning of the animation sequence.


/* Single animation */
animation-play-state: running;
animation-play-state: paused;

/* Multiple animations */
animation-play-state: paused, running, running;

/* Global values */
animation-play-state: inherit;
animation-play-state: initial;
animation-play-state: revert;
animation-play-state: revert-layer;
animation-play-state: unset;



The animation is currently playing.


The animation is currently paused.

Note: When you specify multiple comma-separated values on an animation-* property, they are applied to the animations in the order in which the animation-names appear. For situations where the number of animations and animation-* property values do not match, see Setting multiple animation property values.

Formal definition

Initial value running
Applies to all elements, ::before and ::after pseudo-elements
Inherited no
Computed value as specified
Animation type Not animatable

Formal syntax

animation-play-state = 

<single-animation-play-state> =
running |


Pausing an animation

This animation is paused, but runs when you hover over it.


<div class="box"></div>


.box {
  background-color: rebeccapurple;
  border-radius: 10px;
  width: 100px;
  height: 100px;
  animation-name: rotate;
  animation-duration: 0.7s;
  animation-iteration-count: infinite;
  animation-play-state: paused;

.box:hover {
  animation-play-state: running;

@keyframes rotate {
  0% {
    transform: rotate(0);
  100% {
    transform: rotate(360deg);


Hover over the rectangle to play the animation.

See CSS animations for examples.


Browser compatibility

Desktop Mobile
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animation-play-state 433 1212 49165 10 301512.1–1512–15 94 43≤37 4318 49165 301412.1–1412–14 92 4.01.0

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