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CSS Color Keywords


This page will explain the transparent, currentcolor, and inherit keywords.


The transparent Keyword

The transparent keyword is used to make a color transparent. This is often used to make a transparent background color for an element.

Example

Here, the background color of the <div> element will be fully transparent, and the background image will show through:

body {
  background-image: url("paper.gif");
}

div {
  background-color: transparent;
}
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Note: The transparent keyword is equivalent to rgba(0,0,0,0). RGBA color values are an extension of RGB color values with an alpha channel - which specifies the opacity for a color. Read more in our CSS RGB chapter and in our CSS Colors chapter.


The currentcolor Keyword

The currentcolor keyword is like a variable that holds the current value of the color property of an element.

This keyword can be useful if you want a specific color to be consistent in an element or a page.

Example

In this example the border color of the <div> element will be blue, because the text color of the <div> element is blue:

div {
  color: blue;
  border: 10px solid currentcolor;
}
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Example

In this example the <div>'s background color is set to the current color value of the body element:

body {
  color: purple;
}

div {
  background-color: currentcolor;
}
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Example

In this example the <div>'s border color and shadow color is set to the current color value of the body element:

body {
 color: green;
}

div {
  box-shadow: 0px 0px 15px currentcolor;
  border: 5px solid currentcolor;
}
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The inherit Keyword

The inherit keyword specifies that a property should inherit its value from its parent element.

The inherit keyword can be used for any CSS property, and on any HTML element.

Example

In this example the <span>'s border settings will be inherited from the parent element: 

div {
  border: 2px solid red;
}

span {
  border: inherit;
}
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