:nth-of-type

Summary

The :nth-of-type CSS pseudo-class matches an element that has an+b-1 siblings with the same element name before it in the document tree, for a given positive or zero value for n, and has a parent element. See :nth-child for a more thorough description of the syntax of its argument. This is a more flexible and useful pseudo selector if you want to ensure you're selecting the same type of tag no matter where it is inside the parent element, or what other different tags appear before it.

Syntax

element:nth-of-type(an + b) { style properties }

Example

This example causes the text alignment of paragraphs to alternate between left and right.

CSS Content

p:nth-of-type(2n+1) { text-align: left; }
p:nth-of-type(2n) { text-align: right; }

HTML Content

<div>
    <p>First paragraph (left aligned)</p>
    <p>Second paragraph (right aligned)</p>
    <p>Third paragraph (left aligned)</p>
</div>

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Selectors Level 4 Working Draft No change.
Selectors Level 3 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 3.1
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 2.1 1.0 (1.9.1) 9.0 9.5 3.1

See also

Document Tags and Contributors

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