Create pure CSS3 On/Off switches with animated transitions. Now you can tell your users to flip the switch or switch off.


Add the .switch class to an element to create a switch. Inside the switch, add an <input type="checkbox"> with the class .switch-input. Next to that, create a <label> with the class .switch-paddle.

Give the <input> a unique ID and point the <label> to it with the for attribute. This makes the switch clickable.

Inside the switch label is screen reader-only text, which uses the .show-for-sr class to visually mask the text.

Inspecting the value of the underlying input should be done by evaluating the checked property of said input.

Make sure the HTML of the switch goes in the order you see above—<input>, then <label>

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<div class="switch">
  <input class="switch-input" id="exampleSwitch" type="checkbox" name="exampleSwitch">
  <label class="switch-paddle" for="exampleSwitch">
    <span class="show-for-sr">Download Kittens</span>


There may be times when you want to fix a switch into a position. This can be accomplished by setting the disabled option on the switch input.

<div class="switch">
  <input class="switch-input" disabled checked="checked" id="exampleCheckedDisabledSwitch" type="checkbox" name="exampleCheckedDisabledSwitch">
  <label class="switch-paddle" for="exampleCheckedDisabledSwitch">
    <span class="show-for-sr">Can't Touch This Checked</span>

<div class="switch">
  <input class="switch-input" disabled id="exampleUncheckedDisabledSwitch" type="checkbox" name="exampleUncheckedDisabledSwitch">
  <label class="switch-paddle" for="exampleUncheckedDisabledSwitch">
    <span class="show-for-sr">Can't Touch This Unchecked</span>

Radio Switch

You can also use <input type="radio"> instead of checkbox to create a series of options.

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<div class="switch">
  <input class="switch-input" id="exampleRadioSwitch1" type="radio" checked name="testGroup">
  <label class="switch-paddle" for="exampleRadioSwitch1">
    <span class="show-for-sr">Bulbasaur</span>

Sizing Classes

Use the classes .tiny, .small, or .large to change the switch size.

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<div class="switch tiny">
  <input class="switch-input" id="tinySwitch" type="checkbox" name="exampleSwitch">
  <label class="switch-paddle" for="tinySwitch">
    <span class="show-for-sr">Tiny Sandwiches Enabled</span>

<div class="switch small">
  <input class="switch-input" id="smallSwitch" type="checkbox" name="exampleSwitch">
  <label class="switch-paddle" for="smallSwitch">
    <span class="show-for-sr">Small Portions Only</span>

<div class="switch large">
  <input class="switch-input" id="largeSwitch" type="checkbox" name="exampleSwitch">
  <label class="switch-paddle" for="largeSwitch">
    <span class="show-for-sr">Show Large Elephants</span>

Inner Labels

You can place active and inactive text inside of a switch. The active text (.switch-active) only displays when the switch is on, and the inactive text (.switch-inactive) only displays when the switch is off.

Active/inactive text goes inside of the switch's <label>.

Depending on the length of the words you place inside the switch, you may need to fine-tune the left or right CSS properties of the text to get it positioned right.

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Add aria-hidden="true" to these labels to prevent AT from reading them.

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<p>Do you like me?</p>
<div class="switch large">
  <input class="switch-input" id="yes-no" type="checkbox" name="exampleSwitch">
  <label class="switch-paddle" for="yes-no">
    <span class="show-for-sr">Do you like me?</span>
    <span class="switch-active" aria-hidden="true">Yes</span>
    <span class="switch-inactive" aria-hidden="true">No</span>

Do you like me?

Sass Reference


The default styles of this component can be customized using these Sass variables in your project's settings file.

NameTypeDefault ValueDescription
$switch-background Color $medium-gray

Background color of a switch.

$switch-background-active Color $primary-color

Background active color of a switch.

$switch-height Number 2rem

Height of a switch, with no class applied.

$switch-height-tiny Number 1.5rem

Height of a switch with .tiny class.

$switch-height-small Number 1.75rem

Height of a switch with .small class.

$switch-height-large Number 2.5rem

Height of a switch with .large class.

$switch-radius Number $global-radius

Border radius of the switch

$switch-margin Number $global-margin

border around a modal.

$switch-paddle-background Color $white

Background color for the switch container and paddle.

$switch-paddle-offset Number 0.25rem

Spacing between a switch paddle and the edge of the body.

$switch-paddle-radius Number $global-radius

border radius of the switch paddle

$switch-paddle-transition Number all 0.25s ease-out

switch transition.

$switch-opacity-disabled Number 0.5

Opacity of a disabled switch.

$switch-cursor-disabled Cursor not-allowed

Cursor for a disabled switch.


We use these mixins to build the final CSS output of this component. You can use the mixins yourself to build your own class structure out of our components.


@include switch-container;

Adds styles for a switch container. Apply this to a container class.


@include switch-input;

Adds styles for a switch input. Apply this to an <input> within a switch.


@include switch-paddle;

Adds styles for the background and paddle of a switch. Apply this to a <label> within a switch.


@include switch-text;

Adds base styles for active/inactive text inside a switch. Apply this to text elements inside the switch <label>.


@include switch-text-active;

Adds styles for the active state text within a switch.


@include switch-text-inactive;

Adds styles for the inactive state text within a switch.


@include switch-size($font-size, $switch-height, $paddle-offset);

Changes the size of a switch by modifying the size of the body and paddle. Apply this to a switch container.

ParameterTypeDefault ValueDescription
$font-size Number 1rem

Font size of label text within the switch.

$switch-height Number 2rem

Height of the switch body.

$paddle-offset Number 0.25rem

Spacing between the switch paddle and the edge of the switch body.