MDN will be in maintenance mode on Friday September 22nd, starting at 10 AM Pacific / 5 PM UTC, for about 1 hour.

The HTML <header> element represents a group of introductory or navigational aids. It may contain some heading elements but also other elements like a logo, a search form, and so on.

Content categories Flow content, palpable content.
Permitted content Flow content, but with no <header> or <footer> descendant.
Tag omission None, both the starting and ending tag are mandatory.
Permitted parents Any element that accepts flow content. Note that a <header> element must not be a descendant of an <address>, <footer> or another <header> element.
Permitted ARIA roles group, presentation
DOM interface HTMLElement

Usage notes

The <header> element is not sectioning content and therefore does not introduce a new section in the outline. That said, a header element is intended to usually contain the surrounding section's heading (an h1h6 element), but this is not required.

Attributes

This element only includes the global attributes.

Example

<header>
  <h1>Main Page Title</h1>
  <img src="mdn-logo-sm.png" alt="MDN logo">
</header> 

Main Page Title

MDN

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<header>' in that specification.
Living Standard  
HTML5
The definition of '<header>' in that specification.
Recommendation  

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic Support5 (Yes)4911.14.1
FeatureAndroidChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic Support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)49114.2

See also

Document Tags and Contributors

 Last updated by: teoli,