The box-sizing CSS property defines how the user agent should calculate the total width and height of an element.

By default in the CSS box model, the width and height you assign to an element is applied only to the element's content box. If the element has any border or padding, this is then added to the width and height to arrive at the size of the box that's rendered on the screen. This means that when you set width and height, you have to adjust the value you give to allow for any border or padding that may be added.

The box-sizing property can be used to adjust this behavior:

  • content-box gives you the default CSS box-sizing behavior. If you set an element's width to 100 pixels, then the element's content box will be 100 pixels wide, and the width of any border or padding will be added to the final rendered width.
  • border-box tells the browser to account for any border and padding in the values you specify for an element's width and height. If you set an element's width to 100 pixels, that 100 pixels will include any border or padding you added, and the content box will shrink to absorb that extra width. This typically makes it much easier to size elements.

Syntax

The box-sizing property is specified as a single keyword chosen from the list of values below.

Values

content-box
This is the initial and default value as specified by the CSS standard. The width and height properties include the content, but does not include the padding, border, or margin. For example, .box {width: 350px; border: 10px solid black;} renders a box that is 370px wide.
Here, the dimensions of the element are calculated as: width = width of the content, and height = height of the content. (Borders and padding are not included in the calculation.)
border-box
The width and height properties include the content, padding, and border, but do not include the margin. Note that padding and border will be inside of the box. For example, .box {width: 350px; border: 10px solid black;} renders a box that is 350px wide. The content box can't be negative and is floored to 0, making it impossible to use border-box to make the element disappear.
Here the dimensions of the element are calculated as: width = border + padding + width of the content, and height = border + padding + height of the content.

Formal syntax

content-box | border-box

Example

This example shows how different box-sizing values alter the rendered size of two otherwise identical elements.

HTML

<div class="content-box">Content box</div>
<br>
<div class="border-box">Border box</div>

CSS

div {
  width: 160px;
  height: 80px;
  padding: 20px;
  border: 8px solid red;
  background: yellow;
}

.content-box { 
  box-sizing: content-box; 
  /* Total width: 160px + (2 * 20px) + (2 * 8px) = 216px
     Total height: 80px + (2 * 20px) + (2 * 8px) = 136px
     Content box width: 160px
     Content box height: 80px */
}

.border-box { 
  box-sizing: border-box;
  /* Total width: 160px
     Total height: 80px
     Content box width: 160px - (2 * 20px) - (2 * 8px) = 104px
     Content box height: 80px - (2 * 20px) - (2 * 8px) = 24px */
}

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Basic User Interface Module Level 3
The definition of 'box-sizing' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Initial valuecontent-box
Applies toall elements that accept width or height
Inheritedno
Mediavisual
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support 10
Notes
Full support 10
Notes
Notes box-sizing is not respected when the height is calculated from window.getComputedStyle().
Full support 1
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Edge Full support 12
Full support 12
Full support 12
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Firefox Full support 29
Full support 29
Full support 1
Prefixed Notes
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -moz-
Notes Before Firefox 23, box-sizing is not respected when the height is calculated from window.getComputedStyle().
Full support 49
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Full support 44
Prefixed Disabled
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Disabled From version 44: this feature is behind the layout.css.prefixes.webkit preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE Full support 8
Notes
Full support 8
Notes
Notes box-sizing is not respected when the height is calculated from window.getComputedStyle().
Opera Full support 7Safari Full support 5.1
Full support 5.1
No support 3 — ?
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
WebView Android Full support 4
Notes
Full support 4
Notes
Notes box-sizing is not respected when the height is calculated from window.getComputedStyle().
Full support 2
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Chrome Android ? Edge Mobile Full support Yes
Full support Yes
Full support Yes
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Firefox Android Full support 29
Full support 29
Full support 4
Prefixed Notes
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -moz-
Notes Before Firefox 23, box-sizing is not respected when the height is calculated from window.getComputedStyle().
Full support 49
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Full support 44
Prefixed Disabled
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Disabled From version 44: this feature is behind the layout.css.prefixes.webkit preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android ?
padding-box
DeprecatedNon-standard
Chrome No support NoEdge No support NoFirefox No support 1 — 50IE No support NoOpera No support NoSafari No support NoWebView Android No support NoChrome Android ? Edge Mobile No support NoFirefox Android No support 4 — 50Opera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android No support No

Legend

Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
Compatibility unknown  
Compatibility unknown
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.
See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
Requires a vendor prefix or different name for use.
Requires a vendor prefix or different name for use.

See also