The clip CSS property defines a visible portion of an element. The clip property applies only to absolutely positioned elements — that is, elements with position:absolute or position:fixed.

/* Keyword value */
clip: auto;

/* <shape> values */
clip: rect(1px, 10em, 3rem, 2ch);

/* Global values */
clip: inherit;
clip: initial;
clip: unset;


Note: Where possible, authors are encouraged to use the newer clip-path property instead.


A rectangular <<shape>()> of the form rect(<top>, <right>, <bottom>, <left>). The <top> and <bottom> values are offsets from the inside top border edge of the box, while <right> and <left> are offsets from the inside left border edge of the box — that is, the extent of the padding box.
The <top>, <right>, <bottom>, and <left> values may be either a <length> or auto. If any side's value is auto, the element is clipped to that side's inside border edge.
The element does not clip (default). This is different from rect(auto, auto, auto, auto), which clips to the element’s inside border edges.

Formal definition

Initial value auto
Applies to absolutely positioned elements
Inherited no
Computed value auto if specified as auto, otherwise a rectangle with four values, each of which is auto if specified as auto or the computed length otherwise
Animation type a rectangle

Formal syntax

<shape> | auto

<shape> = rect(<top>, <right>, <bottom>, <left>)


Clipping an image


.dotted-border { 
  border: dotted;  
  position: relative; 
  width: 536px;
  height: 350px;

#bottom-right {
  position: absolute;
  top: 0;

#top-left {
  left: 360px;
  clip: rect(0, 175px, 113px, 0); 

#middle {
  left: 280px;
  clip: rect(119px, 255px, 229px, 80px); 

#bottom-right {
  left: 200px;
  clip: rect(235px, 335px, 345px, 160px);


<p class="dotted-border">
  <img src="https://developer.mozilla.org/@api/deki/files/3613/=hut.jpg" title="Original graphic">
  <img id="top-left" src="https://developer.mozilla.org/@api/deki/files/3613/=hut.jpg" title="Graphic clipped to upper left">
  <img id="middle" src="https://developer.mozilla.org/@api/deki/files/3613/=hut.jpg" title="Graphic clipped towards middle">
  <img id="bottom-right" src="https://developer.mozilla.org/@api/deki/files/3613/=hut.jpg" title="Graphic clipped to bottom right">



Specification Status Comment
CSS Masking Module Level 1
The definition of 'clip' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Deprecates clip property, suggests clip-path as replacement.
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1)
The definition of 'clip' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
clip 1 12 1 4
Before Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer incorrectly interprets clip: auto as clip: rect(auto, auto, auto, auto).
7 1
Safari incorrectly interprets clip: auto as clip: rect(auto, auto, auto, auto).
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
clip 37 18 4 14 1
Safari incorrectly interprets clip: auto as clip: rect(auto, auto, auto, auto).

See also

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