The ::cue CSS pseudo-element matches WebVTT cues within a selected element. This can be used to style captions and other cues in media with VTT tracks.

::cue {
  color: yellow;
  font-weight: bold;

The properties are applied to the entire set of cues as if they were a single unit. The only exception is that background and its longhand properties apply to each cue individually, to avoid creating boxes and obscuring unexpectedly large areas of the media.


::cue | ::cue( <selector> )

Permitted properties


Styling WebVTT cues as white-on-black

The following CSS sets the cue style so that the text is white and the background is a translucent black box.

::cue {
  color: #fff;
  background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.6);


WebVTT: The Web Video Text Tracks Format
# the-cue-pseudo-element

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