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HTML | DOM Style transformOrigin Property

  • Difficulty Level : Medium
  • Last Updated : 02 Aug, 2019

Every HTML element has some position on the screen. This position is described using co-ordinate geometry using x-axis and y-axis. The HTML DOM Style transformOrigin Property used to change the position of an HTML div.
It helps in both 2D and 3D transformation.


  • To set the transformOrigin property:"x-value y-value"
  • To return the transformOrigin property:
    Property Values:

  • x-axis: Placed value of x-axis.
  • y-axis: Placed value of y-axis.
  • z-axis: placed value of z-axis in 3D.
  • initial: Set default value of element.
  • inherit: Inherit from its parent element

Example: Transform the origin of circle 2.

<!DOCTYPE html>
        HTML | DOM Style transformOrigin Property
        //the following script will find element 
        // whose id is circle2 and transform
        //it's postition to origin
        function myFunction() {
              "circle2").style.transformOrigin = 
              "0 0";
        #circle1 {
            height: 150px;
            width: 150px;
            margin: auto;
            border: 1px solid black;
            border-radius: 50%;
        #circle2 {
            width: 150px;
            height: 150px;
            border: 1px solid black;
            background-color: #0f9d58;
            transform: rotate(45deg);
            border-radius: 50%;
        #circle3 {
            position: absolute;
            width: 150px;
            height: 150px;
            border: #0f9d58;
            background-color: #0f9d58;
            opacity: 0.5;
            border-radius: 50%;
    <button onclick="myFunction()">
    <div id="circle1">
        <div id="circle2"></div>
        <div id="circle3"></div>


  • Before clicking on button:
  • After clicking on button

Note: For safari used “WebkitTransformOrigin” instead of “transformOrigin”.

Supported Browsers: The borwse supported by HTML | DOM Style transformOrigin Property are listed below:

  • Google Chrome
  • Edge
  • Firefox
  • Opera

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