Dropdown Menu With CSS

Example Explained

HTML) Use any element to open the dropdown content, e.g. a <span>, or a <button> element.

Use a container element (like <div>) to create the dropdown content and add whatever you want inside of it.

Wrap a <div> element around the elements to position the dropdown content correctly with CSS.

CSS) The .dropdown class uses position:relative, which is needed when we want the dropdown content to be placed right below the dropdown button (using position:absolute).

The .dropdown-content class holds the actual dropdown content. It is hidden by default, and will be displayed on hover (see below). Note the min-width is set to 160px. Feel free to change this. Tip: If you want the width of the dropdown content to be as wide as the dropdown button, set the width to 100% (and overflow:auto to enable scroll on small screens).

Instead of using a border, we have used the CSS box-shadow property to make the dropdown menu look like a “card”.

The :hover selector is used to show the dropdown menu when the user moves the mouse over the dropdown button.

Here you can check the details below –

<!DOCTYPE html>
.dropbtn {
  background-color: #4CAF50;
  color: white;
  padding: 16px;
  font-size: 16px;
  border: none;
  cursor: pointer;

.dropdown {
  position: relative;
  display: inline-block;

.dropdown-content {
  display: none;
  position: absolute;
  background-color: #f9f9f9;
  min-width: 160px;
  box-shadow: 0px 8px 16px 0px rgba(0,0,0,0.2);
  z-index: 1;

.dropdown-content a {
  color: black;
  padding: 12px 16px;
  text-decoration: none;
  display: block;

.dropdown-content a:hover {background-color: #f1f1f1}

.dropdown:hover .dropdown-content {
  display: block;

.dropdown:hover .dropbtn {
  background-color: #3e8e41;

<h2>Dropdown Menu</h2>
<p>Move the mouse over the button to open the dropdown menu.</p>

<div class="dropdown">
  <button class="dropbtn">Dropdown</button>
  <div class="dropdown-content">
  <a href="#">Link 1</a>
  <a href="#">Link 2</a>
  <a href="#">Link 3</a>

<p><strong>Note:</strong> We use href="#" for test links. In a real web site this would be URLs.</p>



Dropdown Menu

Move the mouse over the button to open the dropdown menu.

Note: We use href=”#” for test links. In a real web site this would be URLs.

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