The stroke-opacity attribute is a presentation attribute defining the opacity of the paint server (color, gradient, pattern, etc) applied to the stroke of a shape.

Note: As a presentation attribute stroke-opacity can be used as a CSS property.

As a presentation attribute, it can be applied to any element but it has effect only on the following eleven elements: <altGlyph>, <circle>, <ellipse>, <path>, <polygon>, <polyline>, <rect>, <text>, <textPath>, <tref>, and <tspan>

<svg viewBox="0 0 40 10" xmlns="">
  <!-- Default stroke opacity: 1 -->
  <circle cx="5" cy="5" r="4" stroke="green" />

  <!-- Stroke opacity as a number -->
  <circle cx="15" cy="5" r="4" stroke="green"
          stroke-opacity="0.7" />

  <!-- Stroke opacity as a percentage -->
  <circle cx="25" cy="5" r="4" stroke="green"
          stroke-opacity="50%" />
  <!-- Stroke opacity as a CSS property -->
  <circle cx="35" cy="5" r="4" stroke="green"
          style="stroke-opacity: .3;" />

Usage notes

Value [0-1] | <percentage>
Default value 1
Animatable Yes

Note: SVG2 introduces percentage values for stroke-opacity, however, it is not widely supported yet (See Browser compatibility below) as a consequence, it is best practices to set opacity with a value in the range [0-1].

It's important to know that stroke partially cover the fill of a shape, therefor a stroke with an opacity different than 1 will partially show the fill underneath. To avoid that effect, it is possible to apply a global opacity with the opacity attribute or to put the stroke behind the fill with the paint-order attribute.

Browser compatibility

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


Specification Status Comment
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2
The definition of 'stroke-opacity' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Definition for shapes and texts
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of 'stroke-opacity' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition for shapes and texts

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