HTML checkbox switches

I’ve been using Switchery in various sites to make nice looking checkboxes, however whilst browsing the projects GitHub issues I spotted one post that said it was possible to replicate it’s functionality using pure CSS (though possibly at the cost of browser compatibility).

This seems to work pretty nicely and I’ve added in some CSS for disabled checkboxes.


/* Switch */
.ios-switch-cb {
    display: none;

.switchery {
    background-color: #fff;
    border: 1px solid rgb(223, 223, 223);
    border-radius: 20px;
    cursor: pointer;
    display: inline-block;
    height: 30px;
    position: relative;
    vertical-align: middle;
    width: 50px;
    -moz-user-select: none;
    -khtml-user-select: none;
    -webkit-user-select: none;
    -ms-user-select: none;
    user-select: none;
    box-sizing: content-box;
    background-clip: content-box;
    box-shadow: rgb(223, 223, 223) 0px 0px 0px 0px inset;
    transition: border 0.4s, box-shadow 0.4s;

.switchery:before {
	content: '';
	background: #fff;
	border-radius: 50%;
	box-shadow: 0 1px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.4);
	position: absolute;
	top: 0;
	left: 0;
	height: 30px;
	width: 30px;
	transition: background-color 0.4s, left 0.2s;

.ios-switch-cb:checked + .switchery {
    background-color: rgb(100, 189, 99);
    box-shadow: rgb(100, 189, 99) 0px 0px 0px 16px inset;
    transition: border 0.4s, box-shadow 0.4s, background-color 1.2s;
    border-color: rgb(100, 189, 99);

.ios-switch-cb:checked:disabled + .switchery {
    opacity: 0.75

.ios-switch-cb:disabled:hover + .switchery {
    cursor: not-allowed;

.ios-switch-cb:checked + .switchery:before {
	left: 20px;

I’m using this in an ASP.NET Core web application in which a lot of the work for the form is done by tag helpers but this will work in plain HTML as well. I wanted these switches to be readonly as they’re just used for displaying data rather than editing it, though as some values are editable I wanted everything to be passed back in the POST on submit and as disabled fields aren’t returned on submit I’ve added some hidden fields to store the values.


<form asp-controller="Treatment" asp-action="ControlPanel" method="post" class="form-label-left" data-toggle="validator" role="form">
		<div class="item form-group field">
			<div class="row">
				<div class="col-sm-2">
					<label asp-for="@Model.TreatmentId" class="control-label text-left"></label>
				<div class="col-sm-10">
					<input asp-for="@Model.TreatmentId" class="form-control" readonly="readonly" />
		<div class="item form-group field">
			<div class="row">
				<div class="col-sm-2">
					<label asp-for="@Model.IsActive" class="control-label text-left"></label>
				<div class="col-sm-10">
						<input asp-for="@Model.IsActive" class="ios-switch-cb" disabled="disabled" />
						<span class="switchery"></span>
					<input asp-for="@Model.IsActive" type="hidden" />
		<div class="form-group">
			<div class="col-xs-12">
				<div class="col-sm-offset-2">
					<button type="submit"class="btn btn-info">Update</button>
					<a asp-area="" asp-controller="Treatment" asp-action="ControlPanel" asp-route-id="@Model.TreatmentId" class="btn btn-warning" role="button">Cancel</a>

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