CSS video backgrounds

Safari is actually ahead of the game for once, allowing developers to set video files as background property attributes in CSS.

With the release of Safari 11.1 on macOS and Safari on iOS 11.3, developers now have the ability to support background videos (mp4 support only - at the time of this article) with pure CSS.


.video-background {
    background-image: url('path-to-video.mp4);

See it in action

Check out the very basic CodePen I created below to see it live (make sure you view it in latest Safari or else you won’t see anything :P)

See the Pen CSS Video Background (Safari Only) by Bradley Taunt (@bradleytaunt) on CodePen.

You can read up on all the new features implemented in 11.1 Safari here:

New WebKit Features in Safari 11.1