Whether you are uploading or downloading something, or even waiting for some progress to complete, it is good practice to let your users know what is going on with a CSS progress bar animation.
No one likes a frozen page while something in the background is happening. Progress feedback is so important for the user experience. Especially on the web, as some users will simply click away if they think your page is broken.
A CSS progress bar is a great way to let a user know what is going on and how long something is taking. These progress bars need to be real-time and updated without any freezing or lagging, otherwise, that might deter users away from poor performance.
What Might You Use A Progress Bar For?
There are a few different situations where a CSS loading bar might be useful, the general purpose is to give the user feedback and keep them updated.
- File Upload: As on YouTube when you upload a video file, it will give you feedback on how long it will take to upload and where it is from 0% to 100%. This keeps the user informed.
- File Download: When you download a file from the internet, it is great to understand how much is downloaded and how long it will take, giving the user real-time feedback.
- Metrics: Another usage for progress bars is displaying metrics. You might want to display the number of email invites that have been accepted in a progress bar. This helps visualize data.
- Installs or Updates: It is good to indicate how long an install or update will take. Background processes are not exactly visible to the user so you have to let them know what is going on.
20 Amazing CSS Progress Bar Examples
I’ve prepared some great HTML & CSS progress bar examples. They are easy to use and quick to integrate into your website. Hopefully, they inspire you to get started and maybe select the one you like most and use it. However, if you are feeling up to it and want to make your own, check out our article on How to Create Your Own Progress Bar with CSS.
If you are using Swiper (one of the top jQuery carousels), you can use this full-width progress bar for it.
It indicates the viewer when the auto scrolling will take place. Very common in hero slider designs.
This CSS progress bar animation will work great for blog posts or long-form articles, showing the user how far they are on the page.
You can check our post on how to create CSS animations on scroll to understand better the fundamentals of this CSS progress bar animation.
A good example of a simple but modern-looking upload CSS progress bar. It changes color as well depending on its progress.
This example uses GSAP component from GreenStock.
5. Circular Progress Bars (Pure CSS)
Unlike other progress bars, this one is designed to support multiple steps. Ideal for long processes or processes with multiple tasks we can track. It provides a more realistic feedback.
A simple CSS only circular progress bar with centered percentage numbers. This progress bar won’t include an animation, but it can easily be added on page load by adding a keyframe animation.
Ideal to showcase skills on your web developer online portfolio.
Cool animated and numbered progress bar. It is not only CSS but it uses a single JS command (the RegisterProperty function) to do all the work. It even uses a little icon that can be changed to your purpose.
This bar allows you to choose step-based percentages to fill the CSS animated progress bar. The color changes based on the level. Only HTML and CSS were used for this one, which is quite amazing given that it reacts to click events!
Fancy adding an icon directly on the progress bar status? This is a good example of how you can create a CSS animated progress bar and use an icon as well.
Do you have a file upload system? Then this example is ideal for you. It will show a progress bar right after you submit the file to upload.
Interesting CSS progress bar animation design. It may be useful for a landing product order page, etc.
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A more complex example with how a CSS progress bar can be used with multiple HTML elements and to progress a user through a signup/register page. Useful to learn from.
This example triggers the animation whenever we move the mouse. Of course, this is totally configurable and just to showcase the progress bar animation.
It uses no dependencies and has a beautiful design. It makes use of CSS custom properties to link the JS part with the CSS one.
If you are using Bootstrap and you are looking for a whole range of progress bars (CSS), this is a great example of how they can be used.
Easy and simple! They are not animated, but they can come on handy in many scenarios.
Great CSS progress bar animation for displaying metrics or data that does not change too frequently. No external dependencies and using just CSS.
We’ve learned what CSS progress bars are and why they are useful and when to use them. In this article, the main focus was to showcase ready-to-use examples and explain why progress bars are a must in any reactive and dynamic web application.
Feel free to get inspired by any of the examples here and maybe even use one for your own project. And, if you want to build one by yourself, remember we have a guide on How to Make Your Own Progress Bar for you as well.
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