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

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

The effect of the CSS padding-top 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-top: 0.5em;
padding-top: 0;
padding-top: 2cm;

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

/* Global values */
padding-top: inherit;
padding-top: initial;
padding-top: unset;

The padding-top 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 width 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

<length> | <percentage>


Setting top padding using pixels and percentages

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


Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
padding-top 1 12 1 4 3.5 1
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
padding-top ≤37 18 4 14 1 1.0

See also

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