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CSS Dropdown Menu

In this tutorial, we are going to create a CSS dropdown menu that will reveal its items on hover.

CSS dropdown menu

Let’s get started.

1. Add HTML Code

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en" dir="ltr">
  <head>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/font-awesome/6.1.1/css/all.min.css" integrity="sha512-KfkfwYDsLkIlwQp6LFnl8zNdLGxu9YAA1QvwINks4PhcElQSvqcyVLLD9aMhXd13uQjoXtEKNosOWaZqXgel0g==" crossorigin="anonymous" referrerpolicy="no-referrer" />
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="./assets/css/main.css" />
    <title>CSS DROPDOWN</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <div class="dropdown">
      <span class="label"><i class="fa-solid fa-link"></i>Social Links</span>
      <ul class="items">
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa-brands fa-github"></i>Github</a></li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa-brands fa-instagram"></i>Instagram</a></li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa-brands fa-discord"></i>Discord</a></li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa-brands fa-youtube"></i>Youtube</a></li>
      </ul>
    </div>
  </body>
</html>

2. Add CSS Code

body {
  margin: 0;
  font-family: "Poppins", Arial, sans-serif;
  background: #1f2023;
  color: #fff;
  display: grid;
  place-items: center;
  height: 100vh;
}
ul {
  list-style: none;
  margin-block-start: 0;
  margin-block-end: 0;
  padding-inline-start: 0;
}
.dropdown {
  position: relative;
}
.label {
  cursor: pointer;
  background: rgb(40, 40, 40);
  padding: 0.8rem 1rem;
  width: 100%;
  display: block;
  box-sizing: border-box;
  transition: : all 0.3s;
}
.items a {
  color: #fff;
  display: flex;
  align-items: center;
  padding: 0.5rem 1rem;
  text-decoration: none;
  transition: all 0.2s;
}
.items a:hover{
  border-left: 5px solid;
  background: rgb(37, 37, 37);
}
.fa-brands,
.fa-solid {
  margin-right: 10px;
}
.items {
  background: rgb(52, 52, 52);
  opacity: 0;
  visibility: hidden;
  max-width: 100%;
  height: 0;
  position: absolute;
  top: 48px;
  transform-origin: top;
  transform: scale(0);
  transition: transform 0.3s;
}
.items::before {
  content: "";
  position: absolute;
  width: 15px;
  height: 15px;
  background: rgb(52, 52, 52);
  transform: : rotate(45deg);
  top: -7px;
  left: 20px;
  z-index: -1;
}
.dropdown:hover > .items {
  opacity: 1;
  visibility: visible;
  height: unset;
  transform: scale(1);
}
.dropdown:hover > .label{
  background: rgb(255, 115, 0);
}

Result:

Here’s the result of our code

CSS Dropdown Menu on hover

Conclusion

Here’s how you can add a hoverable CSS dropdown menu in your project.

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