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The animation-play-state CSS property determines whether an animation is running or paused. You can query this property's value to determine whether or not the animation is currently running; in addition, you can set its value to pause and resume playback of an animation.

Note: At this time, this property is being considered for removal from the specification, since its functionality can be simulated by other means.

Resuming a paused animation will start the animation from where it left off at the time it was paused, rather than starting over from the beginning of the animation sequence.


animation-play-state: running | paused [, running | paused]*


The animation is currently playing.
The animation is currently paused.


See CSS animations for examples.


Specification Status Comment
CSS Animations Level 3 Working Draft  

Browser compatibility

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  • Mobile

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support (Yes) -webkit 5.0 (5.0) -moz 10 -ms [1] 12 -o (Yes) -webkit
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? ? ? ? ?

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