This feature has been removed from the Web standards. Though some browsers may still support it, it is in the process of being dropped. Avoid using it and update existing code if possible; see the compatibility table at the bottom of this page to guide your decision. Be aware that this feature may cease to work at any time.

The clip attribute is a presentation attribute defining the visible region of an element.

This attribute has the same parameter values as defined for the css clip property. Unitless values, which indicate current user coordinates, are permitted on the coordinate values on the rect(). The value of auto defines a clipping path along the bounds of the viewport created by the given element.

As a presentation attribute, it can be applied to any element but it has effect only on the following six elements: <svg>, <symbol>, <image>, <foreignObject>, <pattern>, <marker>

<svg viewBox="0 0 20 10" xmlns="">
  <!-- Auto clipping -->
  <svg x="0" width="10" height="10"
    <circle cx="5" cy="5" r="4" stroke="green" />

  <!-- Rect(top, right, bottom, left) clipping -->
  <svg x="10" width="10" height="10"
       clip="rect(1, 9, 8, 2)">
    <circle cx="5" cy="5" r="4" stroke="green" />

Usage notes

Warning: This property is deprecated. Use clip-path instead.

Value auto | rect()
Default value auto
Animatable Yes

The value auto defines a clipping path along the bounds of the viewport created by the given element.

The value rect() defines a clipping rectangle following the following syntax: rect(<top>, <right>, <bottom>, <left>). The <top> and <bottom> values specify offsets from the top border edge of the element viewport, while <right> and <left> specify offsets from the left border edge of the element viewport.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support ? ? ? ? ? ?
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support ? ? ? ? ? ? ?


Specification Status Comment
CSS Masking Module Level 1
The definition of 'clip' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Deprecates clip property, suggests clip-path as replacement.
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of 'clip' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

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