CSS background-image Property


Set a background-image for the <body> element:

body {
    background-image: url("paper.gif");
    background-color: #cccccc;

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Definition and Usage

The background-image property sets one or more background images for an element.

The background of an element is the total size of the element, including padding and border (but not the margin).

By default, a background-image is placed at the top-left corner of an element, and repeated both vertically and horizontally.

Tip: Always set a background-color to be used if the image is unavailable.

Default value: none
Inherited: no
Animatable: no. Read about animatable
Version: CSS1 + new values in CSS3
JavaScript syntax: object.style.backgroundImage="url(smiley.gif)" Try it

Browser Support

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the property.

background-image 1.0 4.0 1.0 1.0  3.5

Note: IE8 and earlier do not support multiple background images on one element.

CSS Syntax

background-image: url|none|initial|inherit;

Property Values

Value Description
url('URL') The URL to the image. To specify more than one image, separate the URLs with a comma
none No background image will be displayed. This is default
initial Sets this property to its default value. Read about initial
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element. Read about inherit


More Examples


Set multiple background images for the <body> element:

body {
    background-image: url("img_tree.gif"), url("img_flwr.gif");
    background-color: #cccccc;

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Related Pages

CSS tutorial: CSS Background

CSS3 tutorial: CSS3 Backgrounds

HTML DOM reference: backgroundImage property




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