This is an experimental technology
Because this technology's specification has not stabilized, check the compatibility table for usage in various browsers. Also note that the syntax and behavior of an experimental technology is subject to change in future versions of browsers as the specification changes.

The ::placeholder CSS pseudo-element represents the placeholder text of a form element.

::placeholder {
  color: blue;
  font-size: 1.5em;
}

Only the subset of CSS properties that apply to the ::first-line pseudo-element can be used in a rule using ::placeholder in its selector.

Note: In Firefox, the appearance of placeholder text is a translucent gray color by default.

Syntax

::placeholder

Example

HTML

<input placeholder="Type something here!">

CSS

input::placeholder {
  color: red;
  font-size: 1.2em;
  font-style: italic;
}

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Pseudo-Elements Level 4
The definition of '::placeholder' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Edge Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 57 51.0 (51.0)[1] No support No support 44 10.1
Partial support with prefix Supported Supported Supported 10 -ms- Supported 5 -webkit-
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 57 57 52.0 (52.0) No support   10.3
Partial support with prefix 2.1 -webkit- Supported Supported 10 -ms- 37 -webkit- 4.3 -webkit-

[1] Before Gecko 51.0 (Firefox 51.0 / Thunderbird 51.0 / SeaMonkey 2.48) Gecko implemented this as the prefixed ::-moz-placeholder pseudo-element.

See also

Document Tags and Contributors

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