David Alsbright David Alsbright - 3 months ago 18
CSS Question

Using CSS to transition the fill property of an SVG path on hover

I'm including an SVG image file on my page within an

tag, like this:

<object type="image/svg+xml" data="linkto/image.svg">
<!-- fallback image in CSS -->

The image in question is of a world map, i want to transition the
property when the mouse hovers over a
, in this case I've grouped my SVG by continent, so South America looks something like this:

<g id="south_america">
<path fill="#FAFAFA" d="(edited for brevity)"/>

I can get the
property to change on hover by using the following CSS at the top of my SVG document:

#south_america path {
transition: fill .4s ease;
#south_america:hover path {

But I can't get the
colour to fade in with a CSS transition, the colour just changes instantly, can anyone shed light on this please?


In order to transition/fade, CSS needs a starting value and an ending value.
Because you set the color for the path using the SVG attribute fill="#FAFAFA", CSS doesn't process it and the transition doesn't fade.

Instead if you use CSS to set the color, the transition will behave as expected

So all I had to do to make the transition work is give the #europe a starting fill to transition from.

 path { transition: fill .4s ease; }
 /* set fill for before and for during hover */
 #europe       path { fill: red; }
 #europe:hover path { fill: white; }

Here's a working JSFiddle.

Or, doing it inline can be more convenient (style=""):

<path style="fill: #FAFAFA;" d="..."/>

Just in order for CSS to do your fading, it needs to handle the start and end values in CSS/inline style (as opposed to using the SVG fill= attribute).