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In this video we will discuss animating colors using jquery. With the basic jQuery functionality, animate() method cannot animate non-numeric style properties like color, background-color, and border-color.

jQuery UI adds the ability to animate color properties. In the example below a reference to jQuery UI is included, hence the color animations work. If we remove the reference, color animations will not work, but other numeric style properties (font-size, border-width) continue to work.

jquery background color animate

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html xmlns="">
<head runat="server">
    <script src="jquery-1.11.2.js"></script>
    <script src="jquery-ui.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        $(document).ready(function () {
            var toggleColor = false;

            $('#btnAnimate').click(function () {
                var divElement = $('#myDiv');
                if (toggleColor) {
                        'font-size': '15',
                        'border-width': '1',
                        'background-color': 'red',
                        'color': 'white',
                else {
                        'font-size': '20',
                        'border-width': '5',
                        'background-color': 'green',
                        'color': 'white',
                        'border-color': 'red'
                    }, 2000);

                toggleColor = !toggleColor;
<body style="font-family: Arial">
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
        <div id="myDiv" style="width: 500px; border: 1px solid black;
                               padding: 5px; font-size: 15px">
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        <br />
        <input type="button" id="btnAnimate" value="Animate" />

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