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The border-color shorthand CSS property sets the color of an element's border.

Each side can be set individually using border-top-color, border-right-color, border-bottom-color, and border-left-color; or using the writing mode-aware border-block-start-color, border-block-end-color, border-inline-start-color, and border-inline-end-color.

You can find more information about border colors in Borders in Applying color to HTML elements using CSS.

Syntax

/* <color> values */
border-color: red;

/* vertical | horizontal */
border-color: red #f015ca;

/* top | horizontal | bottom */
border-color: red rgb(240,30,50,.7) green;

/* top | right | bottom | left */
border-color: red yellow green blue;

/* Global values */
border-color: inherit;
border-color: initial;
border-color: unset;

The border-color property may be specified using one, two, three, or four values.

  • When one value is specified, it applies the same color to all four sides.
  • When two values are specified, the first color applies to the top and bottom, the second to the left and right.
  • When three values are specified, the first color applies to the top, the second to the left and right, the third to the bottom.
  • When four values are specified, the colors apply to the top, right, bottom, and left in that order (clockwise).

Values

<color>
Defines the color of the border.

Formal syntax

<color>{1,4}

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

where
<rgb()> = rgb( <percentage>{3} [ / <alpha-value> ]? ) | rgb( <number>{3} [ / <alpha-value> ]? ) | rgb( <percentage>#{3} , <alpha-value>? ) | rgb( <number>#{3} , <alpha-value>? )
<rgba()> = rgba( <percentage>{3} [ / <alpha-value> ]? ) | rgba( <number>{3} [ / <alpha-value> ]? ) | rgba( <percentage>#{3} , <alpha-value>? ) | rgba( <number>#{3} , <alpha-value>? )
<hsl()> = hsl( <hue> <percentage> <percentage> [ / <alpha-value> ]? ) | hsl( <hue>, <percentage>, <percentage>, <alpha-value>? )
<hsla()> = hsla( <hue> <percentage> <percentage> [ / <alpha-value> ]? ) | hsla( <hue>, <percentage>, <percentage>, <alpha-value>? )

where
<alpha-value> = <number> | <percentage>
<hue> = <number> | <angle>

Examples

Complete border-color usage

HTML

<div id="justone">
  <p><code>border-color: red;</code> is equivalent to</p>
  <ul><li><code>border-top-color: red;</code></li>
    <li><code>border-right-color: red;</code></li>
    <li><code>border-bottom-color: red;</code></li>
    <li><code>border-left-color: red;</code></li>
  </ul>
</div>
<div id="horzvert">
  <p><code>border-color: gold red;</code> is equivalent to</p>
  <ul><li><code>border-top-color: gold;</code></li>
    <li><code>border-right-color: red;</code></li>
    <li><code>border-bottom-color: gold;</code></li>
    <li><code>border-left-color: red;</code></li>
  </ul>
</div>
<div id="topvertbott">
  <p><code>border-color: red cyan gold;</code> is equivalent to</p>
  <ul><li><code>border-top-color: red;</code></li>
    <li><code>border-right-color: cyan;</code></li>
    <li><code>border-bottom-color: gold;</code></li>
    <li><code>border-left-color: cyan;</code></li>
  </ul>
</div>
<div id="trbl">
  <p><code>border-color: red cyan black gold;</code> is equivalent to</p>
  <ul><li><code>border-top-color: red;</code></li>
    <li><code>border-right-color: cyan;</code></li>
    <li><code>border-bottom-color: black;</code></li>
    <li><code>border-left-color: gold;</code></li>
  </ul>
</div>

CSS

#justone {
  border-color: red;
}

#horzvert {
  border-color: gold red;
}

#topvertbott {
  border-color: red cyan gold;
}

#trbl {
  border-color: red cyan black gold;
}

/* Set width and style for all divs */
div {
  border: solid 0.3em;
  width: auto;
  margin: 0.5em;
  padding: 0.5em;
}

ul {
  margin: 0;
  list-style: none;
}

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Logical Properties and Values Level 1 Editor's Draft Added the logical keyword.
CSS Backgrounds and Borders Module Level 3
The definition of 'border-color' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation The transparent keyword has been removed as it is now a part of the <color> data type.
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1)
The definition of 'border-color' in that specification.
Recommendation The property is now a shorthand property.
CSS Level 1
The definition of 'border-color' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.
Initial valueas each of the properties of the shorthand:
Applies toall elements. It also applies to ::first-letter.
Inheritedno
Mediavisual
Computed valueas each of the properties of the shorthand:
Animation typeas each of the properties of the shorthand:
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
border-colorChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1
Notes
Full support 1
Notes
Notes Firefox also supports the following non-standard CSS properties to set the border sides to multiple colors: -moz-border-top-colors, -moz-border-right-colors, -moz-border-bottom-colors, -moz-border-left-colors
IE Full support 4Opera Full support 3.5Safari Full support 1WebView Android Full support 4Chrome Android ? Firefox Android Full support 4
Notes
Full support 4
Notes
Notes Firefox also supports the following non-standard CSS properties to set the border sides to multiple colors: -moz-border-top-colors, -moz-border-right-colors, -moz-border-bottom-colors, -moz-border-left-colors
Opera Android Full support 10.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android ?

Legend

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See also