CSS - change color on hover

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In this article, we would like to show you how to change the color of an element on hover event using CSS.

Quick solution:

div:hover {
  background: red;

The :hover CSS pseudo-class is triggered when the user hovers over an element with the cursor, changing the element style to the one specified within curly brackets.


Practical example

In this example, we change color of the div element with the following steps:

  1. in div style, we specify the div style at the beginning and use the transition property to smoothly change the color of the div over 1 second,
  2. we use div:hover pseudo-class with background property inside that actually changes the color of the div element on the hover event.
// ONLINE-RUNNER:browser;

<!doctype html>

    div {
      width: 100px;
      height: 100px;
      border-radius: 10px;
      background: deepskyblue;
      transition: 1s;

    /* required */
    div:hover {
      background: green;



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