Radial Gradients in CSS

Published on June 13, 2016


Radial Gradients in CSS

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You can now easily define radial and linear gradients in CSS. No need to create images in a seperate software anymore. They are still generated images internally to the browser, so you’ll want to define them in the background property or your elements, and you get plenty of flexibility for the direction and color stops.

Here we’ll explore the syntax for defining radial gradients. See this post for lineal gradients.

/* Simplest Case */
.box {
  background: radial-gradient(black, white);

/* A circle as the center shape instead
of an ellipse and a 3rd color stop */
.box {
 background: radial-gradient(circle, #211533, #211533,

/* Control the size of the gradient */
.box {
  background: radial-gradient(farthest-corner at 10px 10px,
              #211533 40%, #3e275f);

.box2 {
  background: radial-gradient(
                farthest-side circle at 10px 10px,
                #211533 40%, #3e275f);

Default color for browsers that don’t support gradients

It’s a good idea to define a default base color that older browers will fall back on:

.box {
 background: #211533;
 background: radial-gradient(to top, #211533, #211533, #3e275f);

Browser Support

Can I Use css-gradients? Data on support for the css-gradients feature across the major browsers from caniuse.com.

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