The clip-path CSS property creates a clipping region that sets what part of an element should be shown. Parts that are inside the region are shown, while those outside are hidden.

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/* Keyword values */
clip-path: none;

/* <clip-source> values */
clip-path: url(resources.svg#c1);

/* <geometry-box> values */
clip-path: margin-box;
clip-path: border-box;
clip-path: padding-box;
clip-path: content-box;
clip-path: fill-box;
clip-path: stroke-box;
clip-path: view-box;

/* <basic-shape> values */
clip-path: inset(100px 50px);
clip-path: circle(50px at 0 100px);
clip-path: ellipse(50px 60px at 0 10% 20%);
clip-path: polygon(50% 0%, 100% 50%, 50% 100%, 0% 50%);
clip-path: path(
  "M0.5,1 C0.5,1,0,0.7,0,0.3 A0.25,0.25,1,1,1,0.5,0.3 A0.25,0.25,1,1,1,1,0.3 C1,0.7,0.5,1,0.5,1 Z"
clip-path: rect(5px 5px 160px 145px round 20%);
clip-path: xywh(0 5px 100% 75% round 15% 0);

/* Box and shape values combined */
clip-path: padding-box circle(50px at 0 100px);

/* Global values */
clip-path: inherit;
clip-path: initial;
clip-path: revert;
clip-path: revert-layer;
clip-path: unset;

The clip-path property is specified as one or a combination of the values listed below.



A url() referencing an SVG <clipPath> element.


A shape whose size and position is defined by the <geometry-box> value. If no geometry box is specified, the border-box will be used as the reference box. One of:


Defines an inset rectangle.


Defines a circle using a radius and a position.


Defines an ellipse using two radii and a position.


Defines a polygon using an SVG filling rule and a set of vertices.


Defines a shape using an optional SVG filling rule and an SVG path definition.


Defines a rectangle using the specified distances from the edges of the reference box.

shape() Experimental

Defines a shape using an optional SVG filling rule and shape commands for lines, curves, and arcs.


Defines a rectangle using the specified distances from the top and left edges of the reference box and the specified width and height of the rectangle.


If specified in combination with a <basic-shape>, this value defines the reference box for the basic shape. If specified by itself, it causes the edges of the specified box, including any corner shaping (such as a border-radius), to be the clipping path. The geometry box can be one of the following values:


Uses the margin box as the reference box.


Uses the border box as the reference box.


Uses the padding box as the reference box.


Uses the content box as the reference box.


Uses the object bounding box as the reference box.


Uses the stroke bounding box as the reference box.


Uses the nearest SVG viewport as the reference box. If a viewBox attribute is specified for the element creating the SVG viewport, the reference box is positioned at the origin of the coordinate system established by the viewBox attribute and the dimension of the size of the reference box is set to the width and height values of the viewBox attribute.


No clipping path is created.

Note: A computed value other than none results in the creation of a new stacking context the same way that CSS opacity does for values other than 1.

Formal definition

Initial valuenone
Applies toall elements; In SVG, it applies to container elements excluding the <defs> element and all graphics elements
Percentagesrefer to reference box when specified, otherwise border-box
Computed valueas specified, but with url() values made absolute
Animation typeyes, as specified for <basic-shape>, otherwise no

Formal syntax

clip-path = 
<clip-source> |
[ <basic-shape> || <geometry-box> ] |

<clip-source> =

<geometry-box> =
<shape-box> |
fill-box |
stroke-box |

<url> =
<url()> |

<shape-box> =
<visual-box> |

<url()> =
url( <string> <url-modifier>* ) |

<src()> =
src( <string> <url-modifier>* )

<visual-box> =
content-box |
padding-box |


Comparison of HTML and SVG

body {
  height: 100%;
  box-sizing: border-box;
  background: #eee;

.grid {
  width: 100%;
  height: 100%;
  display: flex;
  font: 1em monospace;

.row {
  display: flex;
  flex: 1 auto;
  flex-direction: row;
  flex-wrap: wrap;

.col {
  flex: 1 auto;

.cell {
  margin: 0.5em;
  padding: 0.5em;
  background-color: #fff;
  overflow: hidden;
  text-align: center;
  flex: 1;

.note {
  background: #fff3d4;
  padding: 1em;
  margin: 0.5em 0.5em 0;
  font: 0.8em sans-serif;
  text-align: left;
  white-space: nowrap;

.note + .row .cell {
  margin-top: 0;

.container {
  display: inline-block;
  border: 1px dotted grey;
  position: relative;

.container::before {
  content: "margin";
  position: absolute;
  top: 2px;
  left: 2px;
  font: italic 0.6em sans-serif;

.view-box {
    1rem 1rem 0 #efefef inset,
    -1rem -1rem 0 #efefef inset;

.container.view-box::after {
  content: "view-box";
  position: absolute;
  left: 1.1rem;
  top: 1.1rem;
  font: italic 0.6em sans-serif;

.cell span {
  display: block;
  margin-bottom: 0.5em;

p {
  font-family: sans-serif;
  background: #000;
  color: pink;
  margin: 2em;
  padding: 3em 1em;
  border: 1em solid pink;
  width: 6em;

.none {
  clip-path: none;
.svg {
  clip-path: url(#myPath);
.svg2 {
  clip-path: path(
    "M15,45 A30,30,0,0,1,75,45 A30,30,0,0,1,135,45 Q135,90,75,130 Q15,90,15,45 Z"
.shape1 {
  clip-path: circle(25%);
.shape2 {
  clip-path: circle(25% at 25% 25%);
.shape3 {
  clip-path: fill-box circle(25% at 25% 25%);
.shape4 {
  clip-path: stroke-box circle(25% at 25% 25%);
.shape5 {
  clip-path: view-box circle(25% at 25% 25%);
.shape6 {
  clip-path: margin-box circle(25% at 25% 25%);
.shape7 {
  clip-path: border-box circle(25% at 25% 25%);
.shape8 {
  clip-path: padding-box circle(25% at 25% 25%);
.shape9 {
  clip-path: content-box circle(25% at 25% 25%);

.defs {
  width: 0;
  height: 0;
  margin: 0;

pre {
  margin-bottom: 0;

svg {
  margin: 1em;
  font-family: sans-serif;
  width: 192px;
  height: 192px;

svg rect {
  stroke: pink;
  stroke-width: 16px;

svg text {
  fill: pink;
  text-anchor: middle;

svg text.em {
  font-style: italic;

Complete example


<img id="clipped" src="mdn.svg" alt="MDN logo" />
<svg height="0" width="0">
    <clipPath id="cross">
      <rect y="110" x="137" width="90" height="90" />
      <rect x="0" y="110" width="90" height="90" />
      <rect x="137" y="0" width="90" height="90" />
      <rect x="0" y="0" width="90" height="90" />

<select id="clipPath">
  <option value="none">none</option>
  <option value="circle(100px at 110px 100px)">circle</option>
  <option value="url(#cross)" selected>cross</option>
  <option value="inset(20px round 20px)">inset</option>
  <option value="rect(10px 10px 180px 220px round 20px)">rect</option>
  <option value="xywh(0 20% 90% 67% round 0 0 5% 5px)">xywh</option>
  <option value="path('M 0 200 L 0,110 A 110,90 0,0,1 240,100 L 200 340 z')">


#clipped {
  margin-bottom: 20px;
  clip-path: url(#cross);



CSS Masking Module Level 1
# the-clip-path
CSS Shapes Module Level 1
# supported-basic-shapes

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