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CSS animation-delay Property

Last Updated : 02 Aug, 2023
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The animation-delay property in CSS is used to specify the delay for the start of an animation. The animation-delay value is defined in seconds (s) or milliseconds (ms). 


animation-delay: time|initial|inherit;

Property Values:

  • time: This value is optional. It is used to define the number of seconds (s) or milliseconds (ms) to wait before the animation will start, that is the amount of time for which the animation will be delayed. The default value is 0. Negative values are allowed. If a negative value is used, the animation will start as if it had already been playing for N seconds/milliseconds.
  • initial: This value is used to set the property to its default value.
  • inherit: This value is used to inherits the property from its parent element.

Example: HTML program to illustrate the CSS animation-delay property. 


<!DOCTYPE html>
        CSS | animation-delay Property
        .geeks {
            font-size: 40px;
            text-align: center;
            font-weight: bold;
            color: #090;
            padding-bottom: 5px;
            font-family: Times New Roman;
        .geeks1 {
            font-size: 17px;
            font-weight: bold;
            text-align: center;
            font-family: Times New Roman;
        #one {
            animation-name: example;
            animation-duration: 10s;
        #two {
            animation-name: example;
            animation-duration: 10s;
            animation-delay: 10s;
        @keyframes example {
            from {
                background-color: orange;
            to {
                background-color: white;
    <div class="geeks">
    <div class="geeks1">
        A computer science portal for geeks
    <!-- Animation of below h2 tag is not delayed
            and begins as soon as the page is loaded
            in the browser -->
    <h2 id="one">
        Text animation without delayed.
    <!-- The animation of below h2 tag is delayed for 10s
            That is, it begins after 10s of successfully
            loading of the current page -->
    <h2 id="two">
        Text animation with 10 second delay.


animation delaySupported Browser: The browser supported by animation-delay are listed below:

  • Google Chrome 43.0 and above
  • Edge 12.0 and above
  • Firefox 16.0 and above
  • Opera 30.0 and above
  • Safari 9.0 and above

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