The background-color CSS property sets the background color of an element.

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/* Keyword values */
background-color: red;
background-color: indigo;

/* Hexadecimal value */
background-color: #bbff00; /* Fully opaque */
background-color: #bf0; /* Fully opaque shorthand */
background-color: #11ffee00; /* Fully transparent */
background-color: #1fe0; /* Fully transparent shorthand */
background-color: #11ffeeff; /* Fully opaque */
background-color: #1fef; /* Fully opaque shorthand */

/* RGB value */
background-color: rgb(255 255 128); /* Fully opaque */
background-color: rgb(117 190 218 / 0.5); /* 50% transparent */

/* HSL value */
background-color: hsl(50 33% 25%); /* Fully opaque */
background-color: hsl(50 33% 25% / 0.75); /* 75% opaque, i.e. 25% transparent */

/* Special keyword values */
background-color: currentcolor;
background-color: transparent;

/* Global values */
background-color: inherit;
background-color: initial;
background-color: revert;
background-color: revert-layer;
background-color: unset;

The background-color property is specified as a single <color> value.



The uniform color of the background. It is rendered behind any background-image that is specified, although the color will still be visible through any transparency in the image.

Accessibility concerns

It is important to ensure that the contrast ratio between the background color and the color of the text placed over it is high enough that people experiencing low vision conditions will be able to read the content of the page.

Color contrast ratio is determined by comparing the luminance of the text and background color values. In order to meet current Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), a ratio of 4.5:1 is required for text content and 3:1 for larger text such as headings. Large text is defined as 18.66px and bold or larger, or 24px or larger.

Formal definition

Initial value transparent
Applies to all elements. It also applies to ::first-letter and ::first-line.
Inherited no
Computed value computed color
Animation type a color

Formal syntax

background-color = 



<div class="exampleone">Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer</div>

<div class="exampletwo">Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer</div>

<div class="examplethree">Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer</div>


.exampleone {
  background-color: transparent;

.exampletwo {
  background-color: rgb(153, 102, 153);
  color: rgb(255, 255, 204);

.examplethree {
  background-color: #777799;
  color: #ffffff;



Browser compatibility

Desktop Mobile
Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari WebView Android Chrome Android Firefox for Android Opera Android Safari on IOS Samsung Internet
background-color 1 12 1
4In Internet Explorer 8 and 9, there is a bug where a computed background-color of transparent causes click events to not get fired on overlaid elements.
3.5 1 ≤37 18 4 14 1 1.0

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