CSS border-color Property


Set the color of the four borders:

p {
    border-style: solid;
    border-color: #ff0000 #0000ff;

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Definition and Usage

The border-color property sets the color of an element's four borders. This property can have from one to four values.


  • border-color:red green blue pink;
    • top border is red
    • right border is green
    • bottom border is blue
    • left border is pink

  • border-color:red green blue;
    • top border is red
    • right and left borders are green
    • bottom border is blue

  • border-color:red green;
    • top and bottom borders are red
    • right and left borders are green

  • border-color:red;
    • all four borders are red

Note: Always declare the border-style property before the border-color property. An element must have borders before you can change the color.

Default value: The current color of the element
Inherited: no
Animatable: yes. Read about animatable Try it
Version: CSS1
JavaScript syntax: object.style.borderColor="#FF0000 blue" Try it

Browser Support

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

border-color 1.0 4.0 1.0 1.0 3.5

Note: Internet Explorer 6 (and earlier versions) does not support the property value "transparent".

CSS Syntax

border-color: color|transparent|initial|inherit;

Property Values

Value Description Play it
color Specifies the background color. Look at CSS Color Values for a complete list of possible color values. Default color is black Play it »
transparent Specifies that the border color should be transparent Play it »
initial Sets this property to its default value. Read about initial Play it »
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element. Read about inherit

Related Pages

CSS tutorial: CSS Border

HTML DOM reference: borderColor property




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