inherit

The inherit CSS keyword causes the element for which it is specified to take the computed value of the property from its parent element. It can be applied to any CSS property, including the CSS shorthand all.

For inherited properties, this reinforces the default behavior, and is only needed to override another rule. For non-inherited properties, this specifies a behavior that typically makes relatively little sense and you may consider using initial instead, or unset on the all property.

Inheritance is always from the parent element in the document tree, even when the parent element is not the containing block.

Examples

Exclude selected elements from a rule

/* Make second-level headers green */
h2 { color: green; }

/* ...but leave those in the sidebar alone so they use their parent's color */
#sidebar h2 { color: inherit; }

In this example the h2 elements inside the sidebar might be different colors. For example, if one of them were the child of a div matched by the rule ...

div#current { color: blue; }

... it would be blue.

Specifications

Specification
CSS Cascading and Inheritance Level 6 (CSS Cascading and Inheritance 6)
# inherit

Browser compatibility

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See also

  • Inheritance
  • Use initial to set a property to its initial value.
  • Use unset to set a property to its inherited value if it inherits, or to its initial value if not.
  • Use revert to reset a property to the value established by the user-agent stylesheet (or by user styles, if any exist).
  • The all property lets you reset all properties to their initial, inherited, reverted, or unset state at once.