46 Creative & Free Drop Down Menus in HTML5 and CSS3

Creating dropdown menu for the websites is no more a new trend as it has been accepted very well all over the world. By using dropdown menu, designers cannot only create a visual appeal in the website design but can also provide an effective navigation scheme for the website. HTML5 and CSS3 have made creating visually appealing dropdown menu quite easy.

46 Creative & Free Drop Down Menus in HTML5 and CSS3

Here, we are presenting some of the free dropdown menus that were developed by using HTML5 and CSS3. We hope that you will like this collection and find it useful for you. Do share your opinions with us via comment section below. Let us have a look and feel free to share it with friends as well. Enjoy!

1. Slide Down Box Menu with jQuery and CSS3

Slide Down Box Menu with jQuery and CSS3

This dropdown menu can give your website very elegant and impressive sliding box navigation. Moreover, a submenu box can also be integrated with this in order to make it more appealing.

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2. CSS3 Minimalistic Navigation Menu

CSS3 Minimalistic Navigation Menu

This is a very simple CSS3 based animated navigation menu that can degrade quite gracefully to be used in older browsers as well as it is future proof so that you can use it with the next generation of browsers as well.

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3. CSS3 animated dropdown menu

CSS3 animated dropdown menu

With this CSS3 based animated dropdown menu, one can add beautiful transitions and transforms to his website or template, and add a polished look to his website.

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4. Dark Menu: Pure CSS3 Two Level Menu

Dark Menu: Pure CSS3 Two Level Menu

With this dropdown menu, you can achieve two level menus for easy navigation.

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5. HTML5/CSS3 Gray Navigation Menu

HTML5/CSS3 Gray Navigation Menu

In this dropdown menu, only CSS is used and there are no images in this dropdown menu. Moreover, it is cross browser compatible and optimized for IE7.

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6. Elegant Dark CSS3 Menu Template

Elegant Dark CSS3 Menu Template

This is another very elegant and classy type of dark CSS3 menu template that you can use on your website as well.

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7. Css3 Animation Menus

Css3 Animation Menus

As the name of this dropdown menu suggests, it is a creative piece of dropdown menu that can give a website a very unique and pleasing look.

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8. Marble Style CSS3 Navigation Menu

Marble Style CSS3 Navigation Menu

If you are looking for some inspiration for creating a marble style CSS3 based navigation then this dropdown menu can serve you with lots of inspiring ideas. This horizontal dropdown CSS3 menu will be suitable for black and for white websites.

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9. Whirling CSS3 dropdown menu

Whirling CSS3 dropdown menu

With CSS3, one can easily create various types of dropdown menus. One simply has to connect with his imagination power and the outcome can be mind-blowing. In this dropdown menu, when you hover on the upper menu items, the submenu items appear whirling.

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10. CSS3 Multilevel Menu with Transition and Animation

CSS3 multilevel menu with transition and animation

This is another great example of creativity and skill. This is a multilevel CSS3 based dropdown menu with transition and animation. This is UL-LI-based multilevel menu.

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11. CSS3 Dropdown Menu

CSS3 Dropdown Menu

This dropdown menu is also created by using CSS3 and sub menus are created by using animation with some amazing transition effects. Keep in mind that these new effects work only in the freshest browsers.

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12. Click-action CSS3 Dropdown Menu

Click-action CSS3 Dropdown Menu

This is another UL-LI based CSS3 dropdown menu that looks like the menu on Microsoft website. This click action CSS3 based dropdown menu is created with the help of jQuery.

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13. Click action Multi-level CSS3 Dropdown Menu

Click action Multi-level CSS3 Dropdown Menu

Here is another one-click action multilevel CSS3 based dropdown menu where submenu appears on click action and not on hover.

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14. CSS3 Dropdown Menu

Creating a CSS3 Dropdown Menu #2

Here is another two level CSS3 based dropdown menu where submenu slides when you hover the parent elements. This is a pure CSS based dropdown menu with no JS. It renders perfect on Firefox, Chrome and Safari browsers.

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15. Multilevel CSS3 Metal Navigation with icons

Creating a Multilevel CSS3 Metal Navigation with icons

This is another multilevel CSS3 based dropdown menu with icons in metal style that looks extremely beautiful. This is also UL-LI based menu.

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16. CSS3 Dropdown Menu

Creating CSS3 Dropdown Menu #3

This dropdown menu comes with slide out submenus that give it very stylish look. The colored tabs add further beauty in the overall look. The sliding effect work in Firefox, Chrome, and Safari and possibly in Opera too.

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17. CSS Drop-Down Menu Framework

Free CSS Drop-Down Menu Framework

Another CSS based dropdown menu framework that is clean, standards-friendly, free, easy to use and cross browser framework.

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18. Drop-down Nav Menu With HTML5, CSS3 and JQuery

How to Create a Drop-down Nav Menu With HTML5, CSS3 and JQuery

This dropdown menu is created by using CSS3, HTML5 and jQuery for easy and friendly navigation menu. JQuery is used to handle effects and add finishing touches as well.

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19. CSS3 Dropdown Menu

CSS3 Dropdown Menu

Here is another multilevel dropdown menu that is like Mac. Border-radius, box-shadow, and text-shadow have been used in creating this menu. It renders perfect on Firefox, Safari and Chrome.

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20. Making a CSS3 Animated Menu

Making a CSS3 Animated Menu

Here is another CSS3 animated menu. Powerful CSS3 effects and transitions are used here in order to build a JS free animated navigation menu.

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21. Kick-Butt CSS3 Mega Drop-Down Menu

How to Build a Kick-Butt CSS3 Mega Drop-Down Menu

This is a mega menu that is common on ecommerce websites because it can display a lot of content while keeping the layout clean. It is cross browser compatible menu.

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22. Stunning Menu in CSS3

Stunning Menu in CSS3

This is another stunning example of CSS3 based navigation menu that can a sophisticated look to any website or template.

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23. Mega menu with HTML5 and CSS3

Mega menu with HTML5 and CSS3

This is another mega menu based on CSS3 and HTML5 that can be used to display a relatively large content in a neat and clean layout. This includes 5 containers with blocks of content and lists.

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24. A Flash Blue Menu

A Flash Blue Menu

CSS3 keyframes property is used to create an appealing flashy effect. Initially, the menu is in gray color but on hover, the menu color changes to very light bluish gray color to a dark blue color over a period of 200ms.

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25. Fancy Rolling Navigatio

Fancy Rolling Navigatio

This fancy navigation menu is created with JQuery using .animate() techniques and .clone() so that we can get two stacks menu item (the red and white stack).

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26. Sweet tabbed navigation using CSS3

Sweet tabbed navigation using CSS3

Here, CSS3 is used to create sweet tabbed navigation.

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27. jQuery style menu with CSS3

jQuery style menu with CSS3

This jQuery style like menu is created by using some CSS3 transitions that can replace all the fancy jQuery animation one day. The animated sliding vertical menu looks good.

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28. Fun Animated Navigation Menu With Pure CSS

Create a Fun Animated Navigation Menu With Pure CSS

This is a navigation menu which you can use to add a polished look to your website or template. It uses @font-face, transforms and transitions. It renders perfect on Firefox, Safari and Chrome.

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29. CSS3 Wheel Menu

How to Create a CSS3 Wheel Menu

Here, CSS3 is used to create an awesome, layered CSS3 wheel menu that looks amazing and can give your website a very nice look.

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30. The Fanciest Dropdown Menu You Ever Saw

Create The Fanciest Dropdown Menu You Ever Saw

This dropdown menu shows that one can create the fanciest dropdown menu by using CSS3.

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31. jQuery & CSS Example – Dropdown Menu

jQuery & CSS Example – Dropdown Menu

Using dropdown menus have become a must-to-have thing in desktop applications, and with CSS and jQuery one can achieve the desired results.

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32. Pure CSS3 LavaLamp Menu

Pure CSS3 LavaLamp Menu

LavaLamp effect is based on jQuery plugin and here CSS3 transitions are used to achieve that result without any JavaScript.

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33. 3-Level Navigation Menu

How to Build and Enhance a 3-Level Navigation Menu

This is a multilevel dropdown menu that you can use on your website to display large content while keeping the layout neat and clean.

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34. Musical drop down menu

Musical drop down menu

This musical drop down menu is created using HTML5 and CS3 animation effects.

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35. CSS3 vertical multicolor 3D menu

CSS3 vertical multicolor 3D menu

This is a very stylish and vertical multicolor 3D CSS3 based dropdown menu for adding a fine look to your website. This is UL-LI-based menu.

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36. Accordian like CSS3 Onclick Vertical Navigation

Creating an Accordian like CSS3 Onclick Vertical Navigation

This is on-click action Accordion like CSS3 based dropdown menu with icons in metal style. The submenus open by clicking on the parent items.

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37. Simple yet amazing dropdown menu in pure CSS3

Another simple yet amazing dropdown menu in pure CSS3

This is another CSS3 based cross browser compatible dropdown menu for creating an amazing look on your website.

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38. Vertical Slide Hover Effect for Menu Bars with CSS3

Vertical Slide Hover Effect for Menu Bars with CSS3

This vertically slide hover effect for menu bar is created by using CSS3 only without the use of flash or JavaScript.

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39. HTML5 Canvas Navigation menu with Fire

HTML5 Canvas Navigation menu with Fire

HTML5 is used here to create this canvas navigation menu with a fire effect at the bottom. You can also set custom click actions for menu elements.

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40. CSS3 Dropdown Menu

How to Create a CSS3 Dropdown Menu

This is another merely CSS3 based dropdown menu. Thanks to CSS3 that we can achieve such dynamism without using JavaScript and Flash now.

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41. Pure CSS DropDown Menu

Pure CSS DropDown Menu using :target pseudo class

This is another UL-LI based CSS3 dropdown menu that is created by using :target pseudo class. Since it uses no images and JavaScript, it is easily customizable for anyone.

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42. Nicer Navigation with CSS Transitions

Nicer Navigation with CSS Transitions

Use some CSS transitions to create amazing and nice navigation menu like this one.

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43. Cool CSS3 Dropdown Menu

Creating a cool CSS3 Dropdown Menu

Here again, a very nice and friendly CSS3 based dropdown menu that has been created without extra JS files. It renders perfect on Firefox, Chrome and Safari browsers, and even in IE8+, but the rounded corners and shadow will not be rendered.

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44. Skyrim-inspired Drop Down Menu

Skyrim-inspired Drop Down Menu

This CSS based dropdown menu is inspired by the menu style in the video game Skyrim.

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45. Soothing CSS3 Dropdown Animation

Soothing CSS3 Dropdown Animation

Alex Penny has created this animated dropdown menu by using CSS3.

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46. CSS3 Slideout Menu

Creating CSS3 Slideout Menu #5

This is another CSS3 based dropdown menu with fading images (animated with transition effects). Keep in mind that these transitions effects work in most fresh browsers only.

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13 Comments

  1. Wonderful thanks for sharing. It will be very useful for my next project.

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    Amith

  2. Useful article. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. thanks to sharing this article. i will help me alot and also get the new idea relating to my new websites. which will launche soon….

  4. Thank you for these menus! I will use’em in my project

  5. I am web developer from germany. Thank you for the beautiful menus. Good and explained clearly. Greetings from Germany Peter

  6. Thanks! great help for us. good!

  7. its really helpfull to me.. thanxx… keep it up

  8. good..i like it :D

  9. Thanks Very Usefull Post

  10. Those are just awesome.

  11. Thnx…. It helps me greatly….

  12. Thank alot :D

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