Friday, June 1, 2012

Rotating a Div Element in jQuery

Trying to rotate a div element...This might be DOM blasphemy, could it work possibly with a canvas element? I'm not sure - if anybody has any ideas of how this could work or why it doesn't, I'd love to know. Thanks.

Source: Tips4all


  1. Firefox 3.5, Safari, and Chrome all have a CSS transform property now that will let you rotate a div. You might find this helpful:

  2. has it in. No need for jQuery at all; it's brilliant!

  3. To rotate a DIV Make use of WebkitTransform / -moz-transform: rotate(Xdeg).

    This will not work in IE. The Raphael library does work with IE and it does rotation. I believe it uses canvases

    If you want to animate the rotation, you can use a recursive setTimeout()

    You could probably even do part of a spin with jQuery's .animate()

    Make sure that you consider the width of your element. If rotate an that has a larger width than its visible content, you'll get funny results. However you can narrow the widths of elements, and then rotate them.

    Here is a simply jQuery snippet that rotates the elements in a jQuery object. Rotatation can be started and stopped:

    $(function() {
    var $elie = $(selectorForElementsToRotate);
    function rotate(degree) {

    // For webkit browsers: e.g. Chrome
    $elie.css({ WebkitTransform: 'rotate(' + degree + 'deg)'});
    // For Mozilla browser: e.g. Firefox
    $elie.css({ '-moz-transform': 'rotate(' + degree + 'deg)'});

    // Animate rotation with a recursive call
    setTimeout(function() { rotate(++degree); },5);

    jsFiddle example

  4. yeah you're not going to have much luck i think. Typically across the 3 drawing methods the major browsers use (Canvas, SVG, VML), text support is poor, I believe. If you want to rotate an image, then it's all good, but if you've got mixed content with formatting and styles, probably not.

    Check out RaphaelJS for a cross-browser drawing API.

  5. I doubt you can rotate an element using DOM/CSS. Your best bet would be to render to a canvas and rotate that (not sure on the specifics).

  6. Here's a jQuery plugin to help out.