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The outline-color CSS property sets the color of the outline of an element. An outline is a line that is drawn around elements, outside the border edge, to make the element stand out.

  • Initial value invert, for browsers supporting it, currentColor for the other
  • Applies to all elements
  • Inherited no
  • Media visual, interactive
  • Computed value For the keyword invert, the computed value is invert. For the color 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 rgb(0,0,0).
  • Animatable yes, as a color
  • Canonical order the unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


Formal syntax: <color> | invert
outline-color: invert
outline-color: red

outline-color: inherit


See <color> for the various color keywords and notations.
To ensure the outline is visible, performs a color inversion of the background. This makes the focus border more salient, regardless of the color in the background. Note that browsers are not required to support it. If not, they just consider the statement as invalid


The css code here:

.example {
  /* make the outline blue */
  outline-color: #0000FF;

produces the following outline color for a 2px outline:

outline-color is blue.


Specification Status Comment
CSS Basic User Interface Module Level 3 Working Draft No change.
CSS Transitions Working Draft Defines outline-color as animatable.
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1) Recommendation  

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 1.0 1.5 (1.8)
In versions previous to 1.5: -moz-outline-color
8.0 7.0 1.2 (125)
invert value Not supported Support had been dropped since 3.0 (1.9)
bug 359497: WONTFIX
Workaround: Use the value of the element's color property.
8.0 7.0 Not supported
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? ? ? ? ?

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