Dynamically Rotating an Image using Javascript

Use-Cases of this code snippet

  • Know how to rotate an image with Javascript, for example on a button click.
  • Know about the CSS transform property.
  • Know about the CSS transform-origin property.

An image can be rotated with Javascript by dynamically changing its CSS transform property. The point around which rotation needs to happen can be specified with the transform-origin property.

Rotating an image with Javascript can happen by changing its CSS transform property and using the rotate transformation function.



<img id="sample" src="img/javascript-logo.jpg" />
<button id="rotate-button">Rotate</button>


// we need to save the total rotation angle as a global variable 
var current_rotation = 0;

// change CSS transform property on click
document.querySelector("#rotate-button").addEventListener('click', function() {
	// update total rotation
	// if angle is positive, rotation happens clockwise. if negative, rotation happens anti-clockwise.
	current_rotation += 90;

	// rotate clockwise by 90 degrees
	document.querySelector("#sample").style.transform = 'rotate(' + current_rotation + 'deg)';

Showing Rotation as an Animation

The rotation performed can be shown as an animation by using the CSS transition property, or the animation property (for more specific animations).

/* apply transition on the translate property */
#sample {
	transition: transform 0.3s;

Specifying the Rotation Point

By default rotation happens around the center point of the element. To rotate the image about some other point, the CSS transform-origin property needs to be changed.

/* by default transform origin is set to (50% 50%) which is the center position */

/* set transform origin to the top-left corner */
#sample {
	transform-origin: 0% 0%;

/* set transform origin to the bottom-right corner */
#sample {
	transform-origin: 100% 100%;

/* set transform origin to the bottom-left corner */
#sample {
	transform-origin: 0% 100%;
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