The paint-order CSS property lets you control the order in which the fill and stroke (and painting markers) of text content and shapes are drawn.


/* Normal */
paint-order: normal;

/* Single values */
paint-order: stroke; /* draw the stroke first, then fill and markers */
paint-order: markers; /* draw the markers first, then fill and stroke */

/* Multiple values */
paint-order: stroke fill; /* draw the stroke first, then the fill, then the markers */
paint-order: markers stroke fill; /* draw markers, then stroke, then fill */

If no value is specified, the default paint order is fill, stroke, markers.

When one value is specified, that one is painted first, followed by the other two in their default order relative to one another. When two values are specified, they will be painted in the order they are specified in, followed by the unspecified one.

Note: In the case of this property, markers are only appropriate when drawing SVG shapes involving the use of the marker-* properties (e.g. marker-start) and <marker> element. They do not apply to HTML text, so in that case, you can only determine the order of stroke and fill.


Paint the different items in normal paint order.
Specify some or all of these values in the order you want them to be painted in.

Formal definition

Initial value normal
Applies to text elements
Inherited yes
Computed value as specified
Animation type discrete

Formal syntax

normal | [ fill || stroke || markers ]


Reversing the paint order of stroke and fill


<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" width="400" height="200">
  <text x="10" y="75">stroke in front</text>
  <text x="10" y="150" class="stroke-behind">stroke behind</text>


text {
  font-family: sans-serif;
  font-size: 50px;
  font-weight: bold;
  fill: black;
  stroke: red;
  stroke-width: 4px;

.stroke-behind {
  paint-order: stroke fill;



Specification Status Comment
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2
The definition of 'paint-order' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
paint-order 35 17 60 No 22 8
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
paint-order 37 35 60 22 8 3.0

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