Accordian Slider in CSS3

I love this tutorial on making an accordian slider out of pure CSS3. I nabbed the source from The Code Player. The best part of this tutorial is how simplistic the HTML portion of the document is. You don’t have to create classes, custom variables, or structures to achieve an interface that looks and functions fluidly. You also don’t need the weight of javascript or a js library for the effects.


We will make a simple accordian with hover effects. The markup will have a list with images and the titles

Now to make the accordian pretty and functional

.accordian {
width: 805px; height: 320px;
overflow: hidden;

/*Time for some styling*/
margin: 100px auto;
box-shadow: 0 0 10px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.35);
-webkit-box-shadow: 0 0 10px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.35);
-moz-box-shadow: 0 0 10px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.35);

/*A small hack to prevent flickering on some browsers*/
.accordian ul {
width: 2000px;
/*This will give ample space to the last item to move
instead of falling down/flickering during hovers.*/

.accordian li {
position: relative;
display: block;
width: 160px;
float: left;

border-left: 1px solid #888;

box-shadow: 0 0 25px 10px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.5);
-webkit-box-shadow: 0 0 25px 10px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.5);
-moz-box-shadow: 0 0 25px 10px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.5);

/*Transitions to give animation effect*/
transition: all 0.5s;
-webkit-transition: all 0.5s;
-moz-transition: all 0.5s;
/*If you hover on the images now you should be able to
see the basic accordian*/

/*Reduce with of un-hovered elements*/
.accordian ul:hover li {width: 40px;}
/*Lets apply hover effects now*/
/*The LI hover style should override the UL hover style*/
.accordian ul li:hover {width: 640px;}

.accordian li img {
display: block;

/*Image title styles*/
.image_title {
background: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.5);
position: absolute;
left: 0; bottom: 0;
width: 640px;

.image_title a {
display: block;
color: #fff;
text-decoration: none;
padding: 20px;
font-size: 16px;

If you are having trouble figuring out the width of your image elements, try using a simple formula. Sometimes it helps to include it right above your slider CSS for reference in the future.

Accordian and Image widths

Time to apply widths for accordian to work
Width of image = 640px
total images = 5
so width of hovered image = 640px
width of un-hovered image = 40px - you can set this to anything
so total container width = 640 + 40*4 = 800px;
default width = 800/5 = 160px;

The accordion slider here won’t be useful on most websites. You’ll need a specific purpose such as displaying a set of equal level products or setting up a comparison of products. If you end up using it, please leave a comment with a link. I’d love to check it out!