These free code snippets are perfect for anyone who wants to forge ahead into the wilderness of cutting edge CSS techniques.
Each snippet uses CSS to create something which pushes the boundaries of modern web design.
Feel free to copy any of these snippets into your own work or even try building your own ideas referencing these examples as a guide.
Breadcrumbs a neat navigation solution by dribbble user John Wilson, created as a custom navigation solution for Envy’s Ivy app. As the user approaches the top left back button, the breadcrumbs expand and allow the user to navigate to different parts of the site/app. Pen uploaded by codepen user Andreas Storm, the snippet is made in pure CSS.
A responsive skeuomorph book layout made in CSS by codepen user Erin E. Sullivan, this book layout comes in packed with fun features to discover. It is lightweight and easy to work with. Snippet completely free for use.
Created by Codepen user Jamie Coulter, this is a snippet for a pure CSS menu with smooth drop down animations in a similar fashion to accordion menus. A great addition to any non-JS user interface.
Amazing pure CSS slider created by Codepen user Damian Drygiel, within the slider you can scroll to view larger images or text. A great alternative solution worth taking a look at!
A neat and responsive 3D perspective animated slider, created in CSS and JS by Codepen user Alex N with cues from Rachel Smith. The snippet consists of an image slider/carousel that, along with a discrete parallax effect on the image, has a smooth transition that, on click, takes you from one image to the next through a nice looking animation effect.
A nice and lightweight JS snippet by codepen user Tommy Dunn, its name says it all: it creates a cool auto typing animation, easily customizable and implemented.
Nifty CSS3 Checkbox Styles created by codepen user Brad Bodine, functional and stylish, with a short and lightweight code for easy implementation.
Made by Codepen user Jamie Coulter, this is a code snippet for a neatly designed and animated order/process bar here where you can click on the different steps and be presented with information. The animation on the box at the top changes depending on which step you’re currently viewing.
Created by Codepen user Tyrell Rummage, this CSS and HTML snippet makes awesome looking Parallax Cards which flip from right to left when you hover the mouse pointer over them.
UI box is a lightweight CSS animated interactive subscription box. This is an easy to test and implement feature and the snippet was uploaded to Codepen by user Chouaib Blgn.
A cool and lightweight CSS 3D tilt effect created by Codepen user Peter Barr, the panels interact with the mouse position and follow it, tilting the image as you move the pointer through. Desktop only!
This is a neat CSS and JS code snippet for making a before-after layer slider that allows up to 3 states to take advantage of. Created by Codepen user Huw.
Based on dribbble users’ Riccardo Cavallo contact animation, this CSS snippet uploaded to Codepen by user Aaron Taylor is a neat piece that deploys different options for contact upon interaction.
This is a neat experiment that simulates a motion blur effect every time a slide is switched in a carousel. It takes advantage of SVG Gaussian Blur filter and some CSS keyframes animation. Snippet created by Codepen user Damián Muti.
Fidget spinners are quite popular these days. This one is a neat CSS loading spinning gizmo with a realistic effect. It spins in both directions back and forth. This snippet was made by Codepen user Tomi Sjöblom.
A snippet that allows for fun text on image color blending with amazing and visually appealing results.
A CSS snippet published by codepen user giana, allows creating nice, animated shimmering neon effects for text.
A nice tesselation transition effect created by Chris Johnson, based on Delaunay Triangulation in order to create visually appealing and randomly generated color transition gradients and tesselations in the style of Material Design. This jaw-droppingly beautiful JS/CSS snippet can come in handy for photo galleries or header effects.
A purely CSS crafted Masonry layout including 3 columns featuring images as well. This CSS layout includes a nice hover-highlighting effect on each title adding great style to them.
Featuring a nice and fluid animation, this blurring effect is perfectly crafted as it can be used on any modal to add excellent visuals on buttons.
A totally CSS based button featuring an smooth pressing animation when clicked. Featuring an stylish flat design, this button is an ideal choice for any site.
Dropdown menu crafted in pure CSS, with hovering effects for each category and using labels to trick the toggle animations, it also allows multiple categories to be displayed at the same time.
Informative material designs cards containing animations for the transitions between the cover and the card info. Crafted using CSS for the templates and JS for the transitions and the buttons animations.
This footer hides at the bottom of the page, but as the user scrolls all the way down the end, the content above will be resized both wide and height, showing the footer and its content. It uses both CSS and JS.
CSS-based responsive sliders handy for crafting unique designs within web pages, the sliders’ colors are easily customizable, and a counter can be added to the marker for the sliders’ selection location.
A showcase of different button’s hover effects within an HTML & CSS codification, 5 different and smart effects made using transformations, rotations and transitions.
Showcase of menu deploys animations within devices mockups, mainly build using CSS, HTML and a little of JS. The mockups are modeled after iOS devices and the animations of the menu button change from an example to another.
This useful snippet uses HTML alongside pure CSS to create an animated share button. The hover and click animations can be edited using the ‘transform’ parameter in CSS, as well as the heart icon and the hover text.
This material and compact login form snipped was created using CSS and JS. It has animations for the activation of the fields and the ‘go’ button, also has a smooth transition animation to the register form by clicking the ‘add’ button.
A snippet of a gallery created using CSS and JS; the images are called using Java and displayed within a grid with CSS, the items lighten with a hover, and by clicking them the image will be displayed along all the grid.
This snippet generates an unusual hover effect that gives the text a unique look. Crafted in pure CSS the perspective effect is created by rotating the text in certain degrees and make it scroll upwards.
A smoothly transformable Material Design card styled with basic styles and card modifiers Less that are triggered with JavaScipt as you click on each of the titles, smoothly changing the card shape and layout, as well as the viewport’s background color.
A pen created by Nathaniel Watson that shows a Material user interface for mobile devices, and it is made in SCSS with a 3D effect. It is the extension of an earlier creation intended to visualize the ‘Elevation’ in Google’s design guidelines. This elevation has been exaggerated, but it’s totally editable to achieve more accurate values.
An interesting snippet applying advanced CSS transforms on SVG paths for animation purposes by computing the actual transformed path.
This snippet will show static text as you scroll along the page, matching the image that is on the screen with its description placed on the right side.
It’s written as a pure CSS to give your fonts a mid 80’s science fictional look. It uses a pixelated background alongside a gradient effect to obtain the digital-like look.
An awesome snippet featuring 5 groups of SVG animated icons, and in this case health related ones, showcasing a fantastic entrance, a vibrant smooth close-up as well as a shadow while hovering over them.
A great snippet featuring an interesting concept of app navigation, which comprises a menu button that showcases an accordion with sections that appear one after the other.
A nice duo of two CSS buttons that integrates a subtle yet great looking squeeze-like animation when pressing each one of the buttons. This nice creation was crafted in pure CSS.
An attractive code snippet featuring a hover animation with a blurry lens effect. Purely crafted using jQuery making it a cool and attractive choice to integrate with interactive sites.
A cool snippet featuring a 3D circle slider that rotates sideways depending on the clicked arrow, showing several products, a perfect feature to include in your site.
A snippet made in jQuery featuring a beautiful date picker, using a nice combination of colors, effects, and round numbers within blue circles. You’re free to add it to your web projects.
Cl.js is an useful snippet that helps to speed up console logging in code writing by minimizing the syntax, it simplifies an specific function and aids in saving time.
A chat box made in CSS and JS that has cool features besides the fact that it is draggable, like the search box, the avatars taking the initials of the username, and some cool hover effects. It was created by Andy Tran and it’s available to be edited and implemented in any website.
Wavescroll is a new concept of screen-size pages presentation which background you can drag or scroll as they get split into strips which smoothly slide outwards.
A cool credit card mockup developed in CSS and jQuery that updates automatically as you fill the checkout payment form.
An amazing concept of iFrame that allows you to feature in a live mode your website on a virtual phone from 3 different perspectives: front, leaning, and horizontally tilted.
A CSS snippet that allows you to center a box in the viewport both horizontally and vertically being completely responsive to any window size.
A CSS & jQuery snippet that animates with some gestures a rounded emoji face created out of SVG embedded in HTML code as you click on the button of the gesture you want.