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:nth-of-type

The :nth-of-type() CSS pseudo-class matches elements of a given type (tag name), based on their position among a group of siblings.

/* Selects every fourth <p> element
   among any group of siblings */
p:nth-of-type(4n) {
  color: lime;
}

Syntax

The nth-of-type pseudo-class is specified with a single argument, which represents the pattern for matching elements.

See :nth-child for a more detailed explanation of its syntax.

Formal syntax

:nth-of-type( <nth> )

where
<nth> = <an-plus-b> | even | odd

Examples

Basic example

HTML

<div>
  <div>This element isn't counted.</div>
  <p>1st paragraph.</p>
  <p>2nd paragraph.</p>
  <div>This element isn't counted.</div>
  <p>3rd paragraph.</p>
  <p class="fancy">4th paragraph.</p>
</div>

CSS

/* Odd paragraphs */
p:nth-of-type(2n+1) {
  color: red;
}

/* Even paragraphs */
p:nth-of-type(2n) {
  color: blue;
}

/* First paragraph */
p:nth-of-type(1) {
  font-weight: bold;
}

/* This has no effect, as the .fancy class is only on the 4th p element, not the 1st */
p.fancy:nth-of-type(1) {
  text-decoration: underline;
}

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Selectors Level 4
The definition of ':nth-of-type' in that specification.
Working Draft Matching elements are not required to have a parent.
Selectors Level 3
The definition of ':nth-of-type' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Desktop
Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
:nth-of-type() 1 12
12
Before Edge 16, Microsoft Edge treats all unknown elements (such as custom elements) as the same element type.
3.5 9
9
Internet Explorer treats all unknown elements (such as custom elements) as the same element type.
9.5 3.1
Mobile
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
:nth-of-type() 2 18 4 10.1 3.1 1.0

See also

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https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/CSS/:nth-of-type