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Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.


The padding-inline CSS property defines the logical inline start and end padding of an element, which maps to physical padding properties depending on the element's writing mode, directionality, and text orientation.

/* <length> values */
padding-inline: 10px 20px;  /* An absolute length */
padding-inline: 1em 2em;   /* relative to the text size */
padding-inline: 5% 2%;    /* relative to the nearest block container's width */
padding-inline: 10px; /* sets both start and end values */

/* Keyword values */
padding-inline: auto;

/* Global values */
padding-inline: inherit;
padding-inline: initial;
padding-inline: unset;

These values corresponds to the padding-top and  padding-bottom, or  padding-right, and padding-left property depending on the values defined for writing-mode, direction, and text-orientation.

The values can be set individually as padding-inline-start and padding-inline-end. The block direction property is padding-block which sets padding-block-start, and padding-block-end.

Initial value0
Applies toall elements
Percentageslogical-width of containing block
Computed valueas <length>
Animation typediscrete
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar



The padding-inline property takes the same values as the padding-left property.

Formal syntax



HTML Content

  <p class="exampleText">Example text</p>

CSS Content

div {
  background-color: yellow;
  width: 120px;
  height: 120px;

.exampleText {
  writing-mode: vertical-rl;
  padding-inline: 20px 40px;
  background-color: #c8c800;


Specification Status Comment
CSS Logical Properties and Values Level 1
The definition of 'padding-inline' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Chrome Full support 69Edge No support NoFirefox Full support 66IE No support NoOpera Full support 56Safari No support NoWebView Android Full support 69Chrome Android Full support 69Firefox Android Full support 66Opera Android Full support 48Safari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android No support No


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Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.

See also