The background-color CSS property sets the background color of an element, either through a color value or the keyword transparent.


background-color: color | inherit


Is a CSS <color> that describes the uniform color of the background. Even if one or several background-image are defined, this color can be affect the rendering, by transparency if the images aren't opaque.


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.exampleOne {
	background-color: teal;
	color: white;

.exampleTwo {
	background-color: rgb(153,102,153);
	color: rgb(255,255,204);

.exampleThree {
	background-color: #777799;
	color: #FFFFFF;


Specification Status Comment
CSS Backgrounds and Borders Module Level 3 Candidate Recommendation Though technically removing the transparent keyword, this doesn't change anything as it has been incorporated as a true <color>
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1) Recommendation No change.
CSS Level 1 Recommendation  

Browser compatibility

Feature Firefox (Gecko) Chrome Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) 1.0 4.0 3.5 1.0 (85)
Feature Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Android IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 1.0 (1.9.2) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

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