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outline-style

The outline-style CSS property sets the style of an element's outline. An outline is a line that is drawn around an element, outside the border.

It is often more convenient to use the shorthand property outline when defining the appearance of an outline.

Syntax

/* Keyword values */
outline-style: auto;
outline-style: none;
outline-style: dotted;
outline-style: dashed;
outline-style: solid;
outline-style: double;
outline-style: groove;
outline-style: ridge;
outline-style: inset;
outline-style: outset;

/* Global values */
outline-style: inherit;
outline-style: initial;
outline-style: unset;

The outline-style property is specified as any one of the values listed below.

Values

auto

Permits the user agent to render a custom outline style.

none

No outline is used. The outline-width is 0.

dotted

The outline is a series of dots.

dashed

The outline is a series of short line segments.

solid

The outline is a single line.

double

The outline is two single lines. The outline-width is the sum of the two lines and the space between them.

groove

The outline looks as though it were carved into the page.

ridge

The opposite of groove: the outline looks as though it were extruded from the page.

inset

The outline makes the box look as though it were embedded in the page.

outset

The opposite of inset: the outline makes the box look as though it were coming out of the page.

Formal definition

Initial value none
Applies to all elements
Inherited no
Computed value as specified
Animation type discrete

Formal syntax

auto | <'border-style'>

Examples

Setting outline style to auto

The auto value indicates a custom outline style — typically a style [that] is either a user interface default for the platform, or perhaps a style that is richer than can be described in detail in CSS, e.g. a rounded edge outline with semi-translucent outer pixels that appears to glow.

HTML

<div>
  <p class="auto">Outline Demo</p>
</div> 

CSS

.auto {
  outline-style: auto; /* same result as "outline: auto" */
}

/* To make the Demo clearer */ 
* { outline-width: 10px; padding: 15px; } 

Result

Setting outline style to dashed and dotted

HTML

<div>
  <div class="dotted">
    <p class="dashed">Outline Demo</p>
  </div>
</div> 

CSS

.dotted {
  outline-style: dotted; /* same result as "outline: dotted" */
}
.dashed {
  outline-style: dashed;
}

/* To make the Demo clearer */ 
* { outline-width: 10px; padding: 15px; } 

Result

Setting outline style to solid and double

HTML

<div>
  <div class="solid">
    <p class="double">Outline Demo</p>
  </div>
</div> 

CSS

.solid {
  outline-style: solid;
}
.double {
  outline-style: double;
}

/* To make the Demo clearer */ 
* { outline-width: 10px; padding: 15px; } 

Result

Setting outline style to groove and ridge

HTML

<div>
  <div class="groove">
    <p class="ridge">Outline Demo</p>
  </div>
</div>

CSS

.groove {
  outline-style: groove;
}
.ridge {
  outline-style: ridge;
}

/* To make the Demo clearer */ 
* { outline-width: 10px; padding: 15px; }

Result

Setting outline style to inset and outset

HTML

<div>
  <div class="inset">
    <p class="outset">Outline Demo</p>
  </div>
</div>

CSS

.inset {
  outline-style: inset;
}
.outset {
  outline-style: outset;
}

/* To make the Demo clearer */ 
* { outline-width: 10px; padding: 15px; }

Result

Specifications

Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Desktop
Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
outline-style 1 12 1.5
1.5
1 — 3.6
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -moz-
8 7 1.2
auto 1 79 1.5 No 15 1.2
Mobile
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
outline-style 2 18 4 10.1 1 1.0
auto ≤37 18 4 14 1 1.0

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