The :slotted() CSS pseudo-element represents any element that has been placed into a slot inside an HTML template (see Using templates and slots for more information).

This only works when used inside CSS placed within a shadow DOM. Note also that this selector won't select a text node placed into a slot; it only targets actual elements.

/* Selects any element placed inside a slot */
::slotted(*) {
  font-weight: bold;

/* Selects any <span> placed inside a slot */
::slotted(span) {
  font-weight: bold;


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The following snippets are taken from our slotted-pseudo-element demo (see it live also).

In this demo we use a simple template with three slots:

<template id="person-template">
    <h2>Personal ID Card</h2>
    <slot name="person-name">NAME MISSING</slot>
      <li><slot name="person-age">AGE MISSING</slot></li>
      <li><slot name="person-occupation">OCCUPATION MISSING</slot></li>

A custom element — <person-details> — is defined like so:

  class extends HTMLElement {
    constructor() {
      let template = document.getElementById('person-template');
      let templateContent = template.content;

      const shadowRoot = this.attachShadow({mode: 'open'});

      let style = document.createElement('style');
      style.textContent = 'div { padding: 10px; border: 1px solid gray; width: 200px; margin: 10px; }' +
                           'h2 { margin: 0 0 10px; }' +
                           'ul { margin: 0; }' +
                           'p { margin: 10px 0; }' +
                           '::slotted(*) { color: gray; font-family: sans-serif; } ';


You'll see that when filling the style element with content, we select all slotted elements (::slotted(*)) and give them a different font and color. This allows them to stand out better next to the slots that haven't been successfully filled.

The element looks like this when inserted into the page:

  <p slot="person-name">Dr. Shazaam</p>
  <span slot="person-age">Immortal</span>
  <span slot="person-occupation">Superhero</span>


Specification Status Comment
CSS Scoping Module Level 1
The definition of '::slotted' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support50 ?591 No37 Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support5050 ?59137 Yes5.0

1. From version 59: this feature is behind the dom.webcomponents.shadowdom.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.

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