The caret-color CSS property sets the color of the insertion caret—the visible indicator of the point at which the next character typed by the user will be inserted—within an element such as <input> or one with the contenteditable attribute set. The caret is typically a thin vertical line that flashes to help make it more noticeable. By default, it is black, but its color can be altered with this property.

/* Keyword values */
caret-color: auto;
caret-color: transparent;
caret-color: currentColor;

/* <color> values */
caret-color: red;
caret-color: #5729e9;
caret-color: rgb(0, 200, 0);
caret-color: hsla(228, 4%, 24%, 0.8);

Note: The insertion caret is only one type of caret. For example, many browsers have a “navigation caret,” which acts similarly to an insertion caret but can be moved around in non-editable text. On the other hand, the mouse cursor image shown when hovering over text where the cursor property is auto, or when hovering over an element where the cursor property is text or vertical-text, though it sometimes looks like a caret, is not a caret (it’s a cursor).

Initial value auto
Applies to all elements
Inherited yes
Media interactive
Computed value auto is computed as specified and <color> values are computed as defined for the color property.
Animation type a color
Canonical order per grammar



The user agent selects an appropriate color for the caret. This is generally currentcolor, but the user agent may choose a different color to ensure good visibility and contrast with the surrounding content, taking into account the value of currentcolor, the background, shadows, and other factors.

Note: While user agents may use currentcolor (which is usually animatable) for the auto value, auto is not interpolated in transitions and animations.

The color of the caret.

Formal syntax

auto | <color>

<color> = <rgb()> | <rgba()> | <hsl()> | <hsla()> | <hex-color> | <named-color> | currentcolor | <deprecated-system-color>

<rgb()> = rgb( [ [ <percentage>{3} | <number>{3} ] [ / <alpha-value> ]? ] | [ [ <percentage>#{3} | <number>#{3} ] , <alpha-value>? ] )
<rgba()> = rgba( [ [ <percentage>{3} | <number>{3} ] [ / <alpha-value> ]? ] | [ [ <percentage>#{3} | <number>#{3} ] , <alpha-value>? ] )
<hsl()> = hsl( [ <hue> <percentage> <percentage> [ / <alpha-value> ]? ] | [ <hue>, <percentage>, <percentage>, <alpha-value>? ] )
<hsla()> = hsla( [ <hue> <percentage> <percentage> [ / <alpha-value> ]? ] | [ <hue>, <percentage>, <percentage>, <alpha-value>? ] )

<alpha-value> = <number> | <percentage>
<hue> = <number> | <angle>



<input value="This field uses a default caret." size="64"/>
<input class="custom" value="I have a custom caret color!" size="64"/>
<p contenteditable class="custom">This paragraph can be
   edited, and its caret has a custom color as well!</p>


input {
  caret-color: auto;
  display: block;
  margin-bottom: .5em;

input.custom {
  caret-color: red;

p.custom {
  caret-color: green;



Specification Status Comment
CSS Basic User Interface Module Level 3
The definition of 'caret-color' in that specification.
Proposed Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 57 No 53 No 44 No
Feature Android webview Chrome for Android Edge mobile Firefox for Android IE mobile Opera Android iOS Safari
Basic support 57 57 No 53 No 44 No

See also

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