The counter-reset CSS property resets a CSS counter to a given value. The counter's value can increased or decreased using the counter-increment CSS property.

/* Set "my-counter" to 0 */
counter-reset: my-counter;

/* Set "my-counter" to -1 */
counter-reset: my-counter -1;

/* Set "counter1" to 1, and "counter2" to 4 */
counter-reset: counter1 1 counter2 4;

/* Cancel any reset that could have been set in less specific rules */
counter-reset: none;

/* Global values */
counter-reset: inherit;
counter-reset: initial;
counter-reset: unset;

Initial valuenone
Applies toall elements
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


The counter-reset property is specified as either one of the following:

  • A <custom-ident> naming the counter, followed optionally by an <integer>. You may specify as many counters to reset as you want, with each name or name-number pair separated by a space.
  • The keyword value none.


The name of the counter to reset.
The value to reset the counter to on each occurrence of the element. Defaults to 0 if not specified.
No counter reset is to be performed. This can be used to override a counter-reset defined in a less specific rule.

Formal syntax

[ <custom-ident> <integer>? ]+ | none


h1 {
  counter-reset: chapter section 1 page;
  /* Sets the chapter and page counters to 0,
     and the section counter to 1 */


Specification Status Comment
CSS Lists and Counters Module Level 3
The definition of 'counter-reset' in that specification.
Working Draft No change.
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1)
The definition of 'counter-reset' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 2.0 (Yes) 1.0[1] 8.0 9.2 3.1[1]
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 2.1 (Yes) 25.0[1] 10[1] 10.0 3.2

[1] The compatibility info may not be correct.

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