CSS Pie Timer Re-Revisited

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Kitty reflected on an ancient blog post here on CSS-Tricks on how to make an animated pie timer. The old technique is still clever. The new technique is equally clever and much easier. I particularly like the steps() animation function that “flips” the “mask” from side-to-side by rotating a pseudo-element half a turn, That’s just good CSS trickery by gosh.


Allow me to do the “CSS Pie Timer Re-Revisted” post a year or two early just to get ahead of things. It’s not a trick anymore — we just use a conic-gradient() and animate the percentage value as a custom property 0% to 100%.

@property --percentage {
  initial-value: 0%;
  inherits: false;
  syntax: '<percentage>';
}

.chart {
  background: conic-gradient(red var(--percentage), white 0);
  animation: timer 4s infinite linear;
}

@keyframes timer {
  to {
    --percentage: 100%;
  }
}

This should work in Chrome (but nothing else) for now: