The padding-bottom CSS property sets the height of the padding area on the bottom of an element.

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An element's padding area is the space between its content and its border.

The effect of the CSS padding-bottom property on the element box

Note: The padding property can be used to set paddings on all four sides of an element with a single declaration.


/* <length> values */
padding-bottom: 0.5em;
padding-bottom: 0;
padding-bottom: 2cm;

/* <percentage> value */
padding-bottom: 10%;

/* Global values */
padding-bottom: inherit;
padding-bottom: initial;
padding-bottom: revert;
padding-bottom: revert-layer;
padding-bottom: unset;

The padding-bottom property is specified as a single value chosen from the list below. Unlike margins, negative values are not allowed for padding.



The size of the padding as a fixed value. Must be nonnegative.


The size of the padding as a percentage, relative to the inline size (width in a horizontal language, defined by writing-mode) of the containing block. Must be nonnegative.

Formal definition

Initial value 0
Applies to all elements, except table-row-group, table-header-group, table-footer-group, table-row, table-column-group and table-column. It also applies to ::first-letter and ::first-line.
Inherited no
Percentages refer to the width of the containing block
Computed value the percentage as specified or the absolute length
Animation type a length

Formal syntax

padding-bottom = 
<length-percentage [0,∞]>

<length-percentage> =
<length> |


Setting padding bottom with pixels and percentages

.content {
  padding-bottom: 5%;
.sidebox {
  padding-bottom: 10px;


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
padding-bottom 1 12 1 4 3.5 1 ≤37 18 4 14 1 1.0

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