Summary

The padding-left CSS property of an element sets the padding space required on the left side of an element. The padding area is the space between the content of the element and it's border. A negative value is not allowed.

  • Initial value 0
  • Applies to all elements except table-row-group, table-header-group, table-footer-group, table-row, table-column-group and table-column. It also applies to ::first-letter.
  • Inherited no
  • Percentages refer to the width of the containing block
  • Media visual
  • Computed value the percentage as specified or the absolute length
  • Animatable yes, as a length
  • Canonical order the unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar

Syntax

/* <length> values */
padding-left: 0.5em;
padding-left: 0;
padding-left: 2cm;

/* <percentage> value */
padding-left: 10%;

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

Values

<length>
Specifies a positive fixed width. See <length> for details.
<percentage>
A percentage with respect to the width of the containing block.

Formal syntax

<length> | <percentage>

Examples

.content { padding-left: 5%; }
.sidebox { padding-left: 10px; } 

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Basic Box Model
The definition of 'padding-left' in that specification.
Working Draft No change.
CSS Transitions
The definition of 'padding-left' in that specification.
Working Draft Defines padding-left as animatable.
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1)
The definition of 'padding-left' in that specification.
Recommendation No change.
CSS Level 1
The definition of 'padding-left' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 1.0 1.0 (1.0) 4.0 3.5 1.0 (85)
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? ? ? ? ?

See also

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