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Created Nov 7, 2013

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iOS 6 style switch checkboxes
* iOS 6 style switch checkboxes
* by Lea Verou
:root input[type="checkbox"] { /* :root here acting as a filter for older browsers */
position: absolute;
opacity: 0;
:root input[type="checkbox"].ios-switch + div {
display: inline-block;
vertical-align: middle;
width: 3em; height: 1em;
border: 1px solid rgba(0,0,0,.3);
border-radius: 999px;
margin: 0 .5em;
background: white;
background-image: linear-gradient(rgba(0,0,0,.1), transparent),
linear-gradient(90deg, hsl(210, 90%, 60%) 50%, transparent 50%);
background-size: 200% 100%;
background-position: 100% 0;
background-origin: border-box;
background-clip: border-box;
overflow: hidden;
transition-duration: .4s;
transition-property: padding, width, background-position, text-indent;
box-shadow: 0 .1em .1em rgba(0,0,0,.2) inset,
0 .45em 0 .1em rgba(0,0,0,.05) inset;
font-size: 150%; /* change this and see how they adjust! */
:root input[type="checkbox"].ios-switch:checked + div {
padding-left: 2em; width: 1em;
background-position: 0 0;
:root input[type="checkbox"].ios-switch + div:before {
content: 'On';
float: left;
width: 1.65em; height: 1.65em;
margin: -.1em;
border: 1px solid rgba(0,0,0,.35);
border-radius: inherit;
background: white;
background-image: linear-gradient(rgba(0,0,0,.2), transparent);
box-shadow: 0 .1em .1em .1em hsla(0,0%,100%,.8) inset,
0 0 .5em rgba(0,0,0,.3);
color: white;
text-shadow: 0 -1px 1px rgba(0,0,0,.3);
text-indent: -2.5em;
:root input[type="checkbox"].ios-switch:active + div:before {
background-color: #eee;
:root input[type="checkbox"].ios-switch:focus + div {
box-shadow: 0 .1em .1em rgba(0,0,0,.2) inset,
0 .45em 0 .1em rgba(0,0,0,.05) inset,
0 0 .4em 1px rgba(255,0,0,.5);
:root input[type="checkbox"].ios-switch + div:before,
:root input[type="checkbox"].ios-switch + div:after {
font: bold 60%/1.9 sans-serif;
text-transform: uppercase;
:root input[type="checkbox"].ios-switch + div:after {
content: 'Off';
float: left;
text-indent: .5em;
color: rgba(0,0,0,.45);
text-shadow: none;
/* Switch code ends here, from now on it’s just bling for the demo page */
label {
position: relative;
display: block;
padding: .8em;
border: 1px solid silver;
border-top-width: 0;
background: white;
font: bold 110% sans-serif;
label:first-of-type {
border-top-width: 1px;
border-radius: .6em .6em 0 0;
label:last-of-type {
border-radius: 0 0 .6em .6em;
box-shadow: 0 1px hsla(0,0%,100%,.8);
body {
padding: 1em;
background: #d2d4dd;
background-image: linear-gradient(90deg, transparent 30%, rgba(0,0,0,.02) 45%, rgba(0,0,0,.02) 55%, transparent 70%);
background-size: 8px 8px;
font: 100%/1.5 sans-serif;
text-shadow: 0 1px 1px white;
<h1>iOS 6 style switches with pure CSS</h1>
<label>Something <input type="checkbox" class="ios-switch" /></label>
<label>Pre-checked<input type="checkbox" class="ios-switch" checked /></label>
<label><input type="checkbox" class="ios-switch" />Label after control</label>
<label><input type="checkbox" class="ios-switch" checked />Another label after control</label>
<p>Check out the slide animation, even in WebKit versions that don’t support animation for pseudo-elements.
Verified to work in <strong>Chrome, Firefox, IE10</strong>, but could possibly work in many others.</p>
<li>Keyboard accessible</li>
<li>No images</li>
<li>No JS (except a tiny bit to add a div per checkbox, but you can do that manually</li>
<li>Only one extra element per switch</li>
<li>Standards compliant: Does not depend on any proprietary stuff</li>
<li>Degrades gracefully</li>
<li>Easy to scale by just changing its font-size</li>
// JS is only used to add the <div>s
var switches = document.querySelectorAll('input[type="checkbox"].ios-switch');
for (var i=0, sw; sw = switches[i++]; ) {
var div = document.createElement('div');
div.className = 'switch';
sw.parentNode.insertBefore(div, sw.nextSibling);
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