Modal windows are user interface elements. They sit on top of the main interface, so they do not interfere with underlying workflows.
These modal windows or boxes find many applications in in-app messaging. Some examples are welcome messages, product information, announcements, and so on.
CSS3, on the other hand, is much easier to work with. Yet examples of CSS modal windows are much harder to find.
This article presents a list of the best CSS modal windows for presentation.
The first CSS modal box example is the product of coder Niels Voogt. He embedded his modal into a details element.
The modal window opens when clicking on the details. Users close the window by clicking the cross or outside of the modal window.
This is possible because the overlay nests inside the summary element.
A great advantage is that older browsers like Internet Explorer 9 and higher also support it. A great way to interact with users.
No JS modal popup window
CSS Modal using :target Selector
Pure CSS Modal
CSS Modals (Modal v2)
When clicking the Open Modular button, a modal dialog box opens.
CSS Modal (using :target)
This one was also made by Abubaker Saeed. It uses pure CSS.
The CSS :target selector controls the opening and closing of the box.
Pure CSS Modal + Slider
A beautiful modal window and slider. By clicking the catch, the window opens.
Inside the modal box, the user can read all the information by using the slider.
Css Only toggle
A simple pop-up window made by Lasse Diercks in HTML/CSS.
Material UI popup
An easy and simple popup window made by Mikael Ainalem. The animations are clean and stylish.
CSS Only Line Animated Modal
Basic CSS-Only Modal
A great example of a pure CSS modal window that is minimalist in design. The code that runs the box and animation is simple and makes use of common elements.
There are some issues with the responsiveness of the modal dialog box but it may also be an issue with CodePen.
Pure css popup box
A modal box that is great because of its looks, as well as its simplicity. A simple click on the catch opens the dialog window.
The design is fully integratable and works in combination with a background image. Coded in HTML/CSS.
This is an animated modal pop-up box. Its author is the coder fajjet.
Swing Out Modal
A red button on a black background draws the attention of the viewer. The shadow that Michael Smith created around the button makes it stand out.
Also, the location of the button, the middle of the page, guides the viewer in the right direction. There is a Continue button instead of a big cross to close the modal window.
CSS Responsive Modal
Thom Griggs created a simple modal element that is beautiful and fully functional. The neat appearance enhances the user experience.
This responsive modal dialog window is great for showing data. A simple click is all that it takes to open it.
Modal with clip-path
The information box opens by clicking and holding the catch box. Releasing the mouse button will close the modal window.
Jonas Sandstedt made a CSS modal window that looks impeccable and works seamlessly.
A yellow and black field hovers in the background in this example by Thibaud Goiffin. Squares in orange and yellow capture the viewer’s attention.
The result is a very attractive website that inspires the user to click one of the options, Yes or No.
Pure Css Popup
Created by Erdem Uslu this is another example of a pure CSS modal dialog box.
When clicking the image in the center of the page, the modal box folds open like the pages of a book. Here the viewer can see the data that is inside.
Clicking on the image in the top right corner closes the book again. An attractive option, as it does not take up a large area.
Created by Natasia.
The designer, Tristan White, opted for a grey background. This makes the button with a black border around it clear to see.
Also, the uppercase font inside the button increases visibility. When hovering over the box with the mouse, the box moves up a little and a shadow appears.
Super Simple Easy Modal /w ES6
This is an example of a simple and clean modal box, created with ES6 by Joshua Ward.
Modal Interaction with Genie Effect
The window is suitable for any kind of information that is important for the viewer.
PopUp overlay animation
Prompt Dialog with background blur
The designer chose a beautiful background of a snowy landscape. Tuomas Hataka, who made this, put a white catch on top of it that says Open.
Black text fills the white box to make it stand out. The user experience is further enhanced with a small hover animation.
Animate modal out from trigger
Super Easy Totally Cool Modal | CSS Only
A modal window in HTML and CSS with cool animation. The author is Joshua Ward.
Move Modal In on Path
Boardal — An Onboarding Modal with Vue.js
Clicking the Onboard Me! button opens a CSS modal window that contains an additional slider. Created by Jase.
Shifting Material Button Modal
The creator of the next example is Ettrics. The example consists of two call-to-action buttons next to each other.
Clicking them opens a dialog window that directs the viewer to the next step.
Simple Confirmation Popup
Adventures in Missions made this responsive modal popup window. It contains some nice but subtle CSS3 animation.
Pure CSS Animated Modals
Tom created a responsive modal that slides down when clicking the catch. There is a regular and a tabbed version of the modal box.
This is a pure CSS example.
Responsive Modal Design
This is another design by Ettrics. The design of these windows is material design inspired.
It is very responsive and does not require JQuery.
Simple dialog effects
The coder dodzhang21 made this Codepen. It is a modal dialog box with three different animation styles.
Draggable Translucent Modal
Jesse Couch produced another example of a modal window. What is special about this one, is that the viewer can drag the window around the screen.
Pop-up with blurred background animation
This example of a CSS modal box by Benjamin Dalton pops up and blurs the background at the same time. Click on the X in the top right corner to close the window and upon closing, the body refocuses.
These blurred background windows are very popular for donations and subscription offers. Besides that, there are many other applications possible.
ModalX Animated Modal
Push Modal Idea
This is a simple-looking window with animation. It gives a little bit of depth to a website.
Flat Modal Window
Modal Animation Physics
Tey Tag, a coder from New Jersey made this modal by playing with the keyframe and the transition physics.
Tey attempted to optimize the timing for the modal container, overlay, and content. The result is a seamless, working dialog box.
FAQs about CSS modals
1. What is a CSS modal and how does it differ from a regular web page?
A pop-up window that displays above the content of a web page is known as a CSS modal and is frequently used to display extra information or forms. It varies from a standard web page in that it frequently has a transparent or semi-transparent background and is typically smaller in size and overlays the page’s content.
2. How do I create a CSS modal window that pops up when a button is clicked?
3. What are the benefits of using CSS modals for displaying content or forms?
In addition to reducing space on the page, delivering a focused user experience, and making it simple to add animations or other visual effects, CSS modals provide several advantages for displaying content or forms. They also make it possible to have more control over how the presented text or form will look.
4. Can I customize the look and feel of a CSS modal to match my website’s design?
Yes, you may define your own styles for the modal window, including the font, color, and layout, to change the appearance and feel of a CSS modal to match the layout of your website. To make the modal window blend in with your website, you may also include your own photos or other visual components.
5. How do I ensure that the CSS modal is accessible and works on different devices?
You should use semantic HTML and offer alternate text for images as recommended online accessibility best practices to make sure the CSS modal is usable on many devices and is accessible. To ensure that your modal functions as intended, test it on a variety of gadgets and screen sizes.
6. Can I use CSS animations to make the modal window open and close more smoothly?
Indeed, you may apply a slide-in or fade-in effect, among other CSS animations, to make the modal window open and close more gracefully. This can make the modal window feel more smooth and natural, which can enhance the user experience.
7. How can I make a CSS modal responsive to different screen sizes?
You can use CSS media queries to create different styles for the modal window based on the screen size to make a CSS modal responsive to various screen sizes. To make a layout that adapts to various screen widths, you can also utilize CSS flexbox or grid.
9. How can I add a background overlay to the CSS modal to darken the rest of the page?
You can use CSS to build a semi-transparent overlay element that resides behind the modal window to add a backdrop overlay to the CSS modal and darken the rest of the page. To achieve the required level of darkness, adjust the overlay element’s opacity.
10. Can I use CSS modals to display video or other media content?
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