Css – Convert an image to grayscale in HTML/CSS


Is there a simple way to display a color bitmap in grayscale with just HTML/CSS?

It doesn't need to be IE-compatible (and I imagine it won't be) — if it works in FF3 and/or Sf3, that's good enough for me.

I know I can do it with both SVG and Canvas, but that seems like a lot of work right now.

Is there a truly lazy person's way to do this?

Best Solution

Support for CSS filters has landed in Webkit. So we now have a cross-browser solution.

img {
  filter: gray; /* IE6-9 */
  -webkit-filter: grayscale(1); /* Google Chrome, Safari 6+ & Opera 15+ */
  filter: grayscale(1); /* Microsoft Edge and Firefox 35+ */

/* Disable grayscale on hover */
img:hover {
  -webkit-filter: grayscale(0);
  filter: none;
<img src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/04/Wikimedia_Canadian_Community_Logo.svg/240px-Wikimedia_Canadian_Community_Logo.svg.png">

What about Internet Explorer 10?

You can use a polyfill like gray.