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CSS Overriding Variables


Overriding Global Variables With Local Variables

From the previous page we have learned that global variables can be accessed/used through the entire document, while local variables can be used only inside the selector where it is declared.

Look at the example from the previous page:

Example

:root {
  --blue: #1e90ff;
  --white: #ffffff;
}

body {
  background-color: var(--blue);
}

h2 {
  border-bottom: 2px solid var(--blue);
}

.container {
  color: var(--blue);
  background-color: var(--white);
  padding: 15px;
}

button {
  background-color: var(--white);
  color: var(--blue);
  border: 1px solid var(--blue);
  padding: 5px;
}
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Sometimes we want the variables to change only in a specific section of the page.

Assume we want a different color of blue for button elements. Then, we can re-declare the --blue variable inside the button selector. When we use var(--blue) inside this selector, it will use the local --blue variable value declared here.

We see that the local --blue variable will override the global --blue variable for the button elements:

Example

:root {
  --blue: #1e90ff;
  --white: #ffffff;
}

body {
  background-color: var(--blue);
}

h2 {
  border-bottom: 2px solid var(--blue);
}

.container {
  color: var(--blue);
  background-color: var(--white);
  padding: 15px;
}

button {
  --blue: #0000ff;
  background-color: var(--white);
  color: var(--blue);
  border: 1px solid var(--blue);
  padding: 5px;
}
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Add a New Local Variable

If a variable is to be used only one single place, we could also have declared a new local variable, like this:

Example

:root {
  --blue: #1e90ff;
  --white: #ffffff;
}

body {
  background-color: var(--blue);
}

h2 {
  border-bottom: 2px solid var(--blue);
}

.container {
  color: var(--blue);
  background-color: var(--white);
  padding: 15px;
}

button {
  --button-blue: #0000ff;
  background-color: var(--white);
  color: var(--button-blue);
  border: 1px solid var(--button-blue);
  padding: 5px;
}
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Browser Support

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the var() function.

Function
var() 49.0 15.0 31.0 9.1 36.0

CSS var() Function

Property Description
var() Inserts the value of a CSS variable