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The HTML Title element (<title>) defines the title of the document, shown in a browser's title bar or on the page's tab. It can only contain text, and any tags contained within are ignored.

Content categories Metadata content.
Permitted content Text that is not inter-element whitespace
Tag omission Both opening and closing tags are required. Note that leaving off </title> should cause the browser to ignore the rest of the page
Permitted parents A <head> element that contains no other <title> element.
Permitted ARIA roles None
DOM interface HTMLTitleElement


This element only includes the global attributes.

Usage notes

The <title> element is always used within the page's <head> block.


<title>Awesome page title</title>

Accessibility concerns

It is important to provide a title value that clearly and concisely describes the page's purpose. 

A common navigation technique for users of assistive technology is first reading the page title to quickly infer what content it will contain. This is because navigating through a page to determine its content can be a time-consuming and potentially confusing process.


<title>Menu - Blue House Chinese Food - FoodYum: Online takeout today!</title>

Updating the page title's value to reflect significant page state changes (such as form validation problems) can also be helpful:


<title>2 errors - Your order - Blue House Chinese Food - FoodYum: Online takeout today!</title>


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<title>' in that specification.
Living Standard  
The definition of '<title>' in that specification.
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<title>' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support1 Yes11 Yes1
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes Yes