The CSS class selector matches elements based on the contents of their class attribute.

/* All elements with class="spacious" */
.spacious {
  margin: 2em;
}

/* All <li> elements with class="spacious" */
li.spacious {
  margin: 2em;
}

/* All <li> elements with a class list that includes both "spacious" and "elegant" */
/* For example, class="elegant retro spacious" */
li.spacious.elegant {
  margin: 2em;
}

Syntax

.class_name { style properties }

Note that this is equivalent to the following attribute selector:

[class~=class_name] { style properties }

Example

CSS

.red {
  color: #f33;
}

.yellow-bg {
  background: #ffa;
}

.fancy {
  font-weight: bold;
  text-shadow: 4px 4px 3px #77f;
}

HTML

<p class="red">This paragraph has red text.</p>
<p class="red yellow-bg">This paragraph has red text and a yellow background.</p>
<p class="red fancy">This paragraph has red text and "fancy" styling.</p>
<p>This is just a regular paragraph.</p>

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Selectors Level 4
The definition of 'class selectors' in that specification.
Working Draft No changes
Selectors Level 3
The definition of 'class selectors' in that specification.
Recommendation  
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1)
The definition of 'child selectors' in that specification.
Recommendation  
CSS Level 1
The definition of 'child selectors' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes

Legend

Full support  
Full support

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