22 Best Online CSS3 Generators & Tools

Web development has changed in the last few years a lot with the new technologies. HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery are standard and used in every WordPress theme, HTML5 template, Tumblr theme etc.

It’s pretty unsatisfying that each browser use a different prefix. So you need to create several lines of code to get a single CSS3 effect. Therefor it makes a lot of sense to use some handy CSS3 online tools and generators. I collected these CSS3 online tools over the last few month and decided to create this collection with the best CSS3 tools.

A little bit more complex, but important in every website project, is the header navigation. It’s also useful to have some standard tool and basic navigation to work with. I added the best CSS3 menus, mega-menus and drop-down menus for you.


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There are dozens of different generators that it seemed reasonable to me to put together the best tools for you. Most important for me is that the tools are easy and quick to use, because you want to save time. Let’s start off with the most powerful tools.


2 All-in-one Online CSS3 Generators

Instead of using a different generator for each function, you can use one online tool for everything. They provide 99% of all CSS3 functions you need in your daily work.


CSS3 Generator Online Tool

Powerful CSS3 Online-Tool & Generator

Powerful CSS3 Online-Tool & Generator

This CSS3 generator allows you to configure 13 different CSS3 styles. You can configure the style on the left side and see an instant live preview is shown on the right side. Very useful is the information about which browser version supports the selected CSS3 style.

CSS3 Generator


Insane CSS3 Click Chart Online Generator

Best CSS3 Online Tool & Generator

Best CSS3 Online Tool & Generator

This online generator is just insane and the biggest tool of all CSS online generators with 60 styles. Some of the styles are not needed every day, but it’s nice to have a handy tool for all of them. Many of the described features are only supported by some browsers. Too bad the usability of the tool is not so great. There are also some useful link for every feature.

CSS3 Generator


5 CSS3 Button Generators

Every website needs some buttons and CSS3 is powerful enough to create cool and stylish buttons. Even for flat design there are a few nice generators and templates.


CSS3 Button Online Generator

CSS3 Button Generator Online-Tool

CSS3 Button Generator Online-Tool

The generator for CSS3 buttons leaves little to be desired. The only thing that is missing is some information about the browser support and gradients.

CSS3 Generator


CSS3 Button Online Generator

CSS3 Button Generator with Options

CSS3 Button Generator with Options

A very compact generator for CSS3 buttons with and without gradients. The online tool allows you to modify everything.

CSS3 Generator


Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator

CSS3 Linear Gradient Button Generator

CSS3 Linear Gradient Button Generator

If you like fancy buttons with extensive gradients in buttons you really should use the CSS3 online generator. It’s also very helpful that the active and hover state of the buttons can be defined as well.

CSS3 Generator


SASS Flat-Button CSS3 Generator

CSS & SASS Flat Design Button Generator

CSS & SASS Flat Design Button Generator

Flat design has now taken a firm place in the world of web design. This little CodePen provides 6 flat buttons, equipped with elegant hover effects. You see this kind of style a lot in modern WordPress themes.

CSS3 Generator


Fancy Button CSS3 Generator

Fancy CSS3 Hover Effect Generator

Fancy CSS3 Hover Effect Generator

CSS3 offers a variety of animations. In this CodePen 12 different animations are shown, which are particularly suitable for buttons and maybe icons.

CSS3 Generator


6 CSS3 Menu Generators

Every website need some kind of navigation or menu. Since responsive web design became the standard in 2012 you need also a responsive CSS3 menu. This CSS3 generators will create some brilliant menus that can be customized and animated.


Make Awesome Menus

Cool CSS3 Menu Maker Online-Tool

Cool CSS3 Menu Maker Online-Tool

The website offers a large collection of different templates for CSS3 menus. A portion of the menu is only available for premium members.

CSS3 Generator


CSS3 Free Menu Maker

CSS3 Menu Generator Online-Tool

CSS3 Menu Generator Online-Tool

A completely free CSS3 online generator for drop-down menus. You can configure the navigation bar and all level individually with hover effects and so on.

CSS3 Generator


CSS Online Menu Maker

CSS3 Menu Maker - 1000s of Combinations

CSS3 Menu Maker – 1000s of Combinations

In addition to the horizontal menu bar this generator also offers more than 700 vertical menus and 200 breadcrumbs. That makes a total of over 1,000 menu combinations for you.

CSS3 Generator


Online CSS3 Generator for Menus

CSS3 Free Manu Maker Online Tool

CSS3 Free Manu Maker Online Tool

This big collection of fancy CSS3 drop-down menus shows a big variety of colors, icons and effects. Flat design and metro style menus are also available since a few month.

CSS3 Generator


CSS3 Responsive Drop-down Menu

Full Responsive CSS3 Menu

Full Responsive CSS3 Menu

This generator and configurator provides the ability to create a horizontal responsive CSS3 drop-down menu. The CSS drop-down menu is very flexible and beautifully designed. You can add pictures, list and other elements to the 2. level of the navigation.

CSS3 Drop-Down Menu


Pure CSS3 Drop-down Mega-Menu

Pure CSS3 Mega Drop-Down Menu

Pure CSS3 Mega Drop-Down Menu

This pure CSS3 drop-down menu has a modern and flat design. You can add all kind of HTML elements like pictures, lists, forms and text blocks to the 2. and 3. level.

CSS3 Drop-down Mega-Menu


Sky – Responsive CSS Mega Menu Builder

CSS3 Mega Drop-Down Menu Builder

CSS3 Mega Drop-Down Menu Builder

Yet another powerful and beautiful designed CSS3 menu with a responsive layout. You can customize the CSS3 menu quite easily.

CSS3 Menu Builder


CSS3 Mega Drop-Down Menu

Responsive CSS3 Mega Drop-Down Menu

Responsive CSS3 Mega Drop-Down Menu

This mega drop-down menu is the most versatile builder of all shown CSS3 menu makers. You can create a vertical and horizontal menu will all kind of elements.

CSS3 Mega-Menu Builder


5 Special Online CSS3 Generators

These CSS online tools go a step further and produce finished CSS effects and animations. This kind of CSS3 code comes is really good if you are looking for a special effect.


Long Shadow Generator

Free CSS3 Long Shadow Online Generator

Free CSS3 Long Shadow Online Generator

Flat design is still a strong trend in web design. These CSS3 long shadows help you to stand out and create an even more impressive design.

CSS3 Generator


CSS§ Online 3D Ribbon Generator

CSS3 Ribbon Generator Online

CSS3 Ribbon Generator Online

Ribbons are perfectly suited for the decoration of elements. You see this ribbons often in online shops and eCommerce websites. You can create your own CSS3 ribbons in a few minutes.

CSS3 Generator


CSS3 Tooltip Online Generator

CSS3 Tooltip Generator

CSS3 Tooltip Generator

Once in a while you need a box pointing at a certain point i.e. for tooltips. CSS3 is the easiest way to create this kind of arrows and you don’t need to use a picture any more.

CSS3 Generator


CSS3 Pixel Art Online Generator

Pixel Art with CSS3 - Online-Tool

Pixel Art with CSS3 – Online-Tool

If you want to generate your own icons with CSS3 try out this generator. You might need some patience, but in the end you get some custom made CSS3 Icon.

CSS3 Generator


CSSWrap – CSS Text to Path

CSS3 Text to Path Generator

CSS3 Text to Path Generator

This tool converts a CSS3 text to a fancy path. You might use this tool if you have a round or curvy logo or maybe in a badge.

CSS3 Generator


2x CSS Tuning and Compression

CSS files consume much less space than graphics. Nevertheless, you can be even more efficient with clever compression and CSS tuning.


CSS Online Compressor

Flexible CSS Compression Tool

Flexible CSS Compression Tool

I tried this online tool with some of my CSS files and the files were reduced somewhere between 25% and 30%.

CSS3 Generator


CSS Code Beautifier

Powerful CSS Compression & Code Beautifier

Powerful CSS Compression & Code Beautifier

Another online tool for CSS compression. The effect was a bit smaller and the tool gave me only a compression of 23%.

CSS3 Generator

Tobias Gebauer

Webworker, web developer and also web designer. I love blogging and working on my websites all the time. I like to share great web design inspiration, freebies and tutorials with the world :).

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1 Response

  1. Jesse says:

    Another all-in-one css generator I recommend is http://www.generatecss.com

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