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The background-color CSS property sets the background color of an element, either through a color value or the keyword transparent.


  • Initial value transparent
  • Applies to all elements
  • Inherited no
  • Media visual
  • Computed value If the value is translucent, the computed value will be the rgba() corresponding one. If it isn't, it will be the rgb() corresponding one. The transparent keyword maps to rgba(0,0,0,0).
  • Animatable yes, as a color
  • Canonical order the unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


Formal syntax: <color>
background-color: red
background-color: rgb(255, 255, 128)
background-color: hsla(50, 33%, 25%, 0.75)
background-color: currentColor
background-color: transparent
background-color: #bbff00

background-color: inherit


Is a CSS <color> that describes the uniform color of the background. Even if one or several background-image are defined, this color can be affect the rendering, by transparency if the images aren't opaque.


View the live example

.exampleOne {
	background-color: teal;
	color: white;

.exampleTwo {
	background-color: rgb(153,102,153);
	color: rgb(255,255,204);

.exampleThree {
	background-color: #777799;
	color: #FFFFFF;

.exampleFour {
  background-color: hsla(300, 20%, 50%, 0.8);
  color: hsla(60, 100%, 90%, 0.8);


Specification Status Comment
CSS Backgrounds and Borders Module Level 3 Candidate Recommendation Though technically removing the transparent keyword, this doesn't change anything as it has been incorporated as a true <color>
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1) Recommendation No change.
CSS Level 1 Recommendation  

Browser compatibility

Feature Firefox (Gecko) Chrome Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) 1.0 4.0 3.5 1.0 (85)
Feature Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Android IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 1.0 (1.9.2) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

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