The CSS text-decoration-color property sets the line color used when drawing underlines, overlines, and strikethrough lines specified by the corresponding text-decoration-line property. The color specified will be the same for all three line types.

CSS does not provide a direct mechanism for specifying a unique color for each line type. This effect can nevertheless be achieved by nesting markup elements, applying a different line type to each element (via the text-decoration-line property), and specifying the line color (via text-decoration-color) on a per‐element basis.

Initial valuecurrentColor
Applies toall elements. It also applies to ::first-letter and ::first-line.
Computed valueIf the value is translucent, the computed value will be the rgba() corresponding one. If it isn't, it will be the rgb() corresponding one. The transparent keyword maps to rgba(0,0,0,0).
Animation typea color
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


/* <color> values */
text-decoration-color: currentColor;
text-decoration-color: red;
text-decoration-color: #00ff00;
text-decoration-color: rgba(255, 128, 128, 0.5);
text-decoration-color: transparent;

/* Global values */
text-decoration-color: inherit;
text-decoration-color: initial;
text-decoration-color: unset;


The color property accepts various keywords and numeric notations. See <color> values for more details.

Formal syntax


<color> = <rgb()> | <rgba()> | <hsl()> | <hsla()> | <hex-color> | <named-color> | currentcolor | <deprecated-system-color>

<rgb()> = rgb( <rgb-component>#{3} )
<rgba()> = rgba( <rgb-component>#{3} , <alpha-value> )
<hsl()> = hsl( <hue>, <percentage>, <percentage> )
<hsla()> = hsla( <hue>, <percentage>, <percentage>, <alpha-value> )
<named-color> = <ident>
<deprecated-system-color> = ActiveBorder | ActiveCaption | AppWorkspace | Background | ButtonFace | ButtonHighlight | ButtonShadow | ButtonText | CaptionText | GrayText | Highlight | HighlightText | InactiveBorder | InactiveCaption | InactiveCaptionText | InfoBackground | InfoText | Menu | MenuText | Scrollbar | ThreeDDarkShadow | ThreeDFace | ThreeDHighlight | ThreeDLightShadow | ThreeDShadow | Window | WindowFrame | WindowText

<rgb-component> = <integer> | <percentage>
<alpha-value> = <number>
<hue> = <number>


.example { 
    text-decoration: underline;
    text-decoration-color: red;

The example above has the same effect as the following code, which also adds a hover style.

<!DOCTYPE html>
.example {
  font-size: 24px;
  text-decoration: underline;
  color: red;
.example:hover {
  color: blue;
  text-decoration: line-through;
<span class="example">
  <span style="color:black;">black text with red underline and blue hover</span>


Specification Status Comment
CSS Text Decoration Level 3
The definition of 'text-decoration-color' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial definition. The text-decoration property wasn't a shorthand before.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support No support 6.0 (6.0) - 39.0 (39.0)-moz
36.0 (36.0) without prefix
No support No support 7.1 -webkit
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support 6.0 (6.0) - 39.0 (39.0)-moz
36.0 (36.0) without prefix
No support No support 8 -webkit

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