The counter-reset CSS property resets a CSS counter to a given value.

Note: The counter's value can be increased or decreased using the counter-increment CSS property.

/* Set "my-counter" to 0 */
counter-reset: my-counter;

/* Set "my-counter" to -1 */
counter-reset: my-counter -1;

/* Set "counter1" to 1, and "counter2" to 4 */
counter-reset: counter1 1 counter2 4;

/* Cancel any reset that could have been set in less specific rules */
counter-reset: none;

/* Global values */
counter-reset: inherit;
counter-reset: initial;
counter-reset: unset;
Initial value none
Applies to all elements
Inherited no
Media all
Computed value as specified
Animation type discrete
Canonical order the unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


The counter-reset property is specified as either one of the following:

  • A <custom-ident> naming the counter, followed optionally by an <integer>. You may specify as many counters to reset as you want, with each name or name-number pair separated by a space.
  • The keyword value none.


The name of the counter to reset.
The value to reset the counter to on each occurrence of the element. Defaults to 0 if not specified.
No counter reset is to be performed. This can be used to override a counter-reset defined in a less specific rule.

Formal syntax

[ <custom-ident> <integer>? ]+ | none


h1 {
  counter-reset: chapter section 1 page;
  /* Sets the chapter and page counters to 0,
     and the section counter to 1 */


Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 2 Yes 1 8 9.2 3.1
Feature Android webview Chrome for Android Edge mobile Firefox for Android IE mobile Opera Android iOS Safari
Basic support 2.1 ? Yes 25 10 10 3.2

See also

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