The :first-of-type CSS pseudo-class represents the first sibling of its type in the list of children of its parent element.


:first-of-type { style properties }


This example shows how the universal selector is assumed when no simple selector is written.

div :first-of-type {
  background-color: lime;
  <span>This span is first!</span>
  <span>This span is not. :(</span>
  <span>what about this <em>nested element</em>?</span>
  <strike>This is another type</strike>
  <span>Sadly, this one is not...</span>

...will result in:


Specification Status Comment
Selectors Level 4
The definition of ':first-of-type' in that specification.
Working Draft No change
Selectors Level 3
The definition of ':first-of-type' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 1.0 3.5 (1.9.1) 9.0 9.5 3.2
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 2.1 1.0 (1.9.1) 9.0 10.0 3.2

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