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CSS border-color Property

The border-color property is a shorthand property for setting the colors on all four sides of an element's border.

CSS Demo: border-color

border-color: red;
border-color: red #32a1ce;
border-color: red blue purple;
border-color: hsl(60, 90%, 50%);
border-color: black coral blue transparent;
This is a box with a border around it

The border-color property is a shorthand that sets the following properties in a single declaration:

The border-color property can have from one to four values:

  • When one value is specified, it applies the same color to all four sides
  • When two values are specified, the first color applies to the top and bottom, the second to the left and right
  • When three values are specified, the first color applies to the top, the second to the left and right, the third to the bottom
  • When four values are specified, the colors apply to the top, right, bottom, and left in that order (clockwise)

Technical Details

Default value as each of the properties of the shorthand:
  • border-top-color: currentcolor
  • border-right-color: currentcolor
  • border-bottom-color: currentcolor
  • border-left-color: currentcolor
Applies to all elements
Inherited no
Computed value as specified
Animatable yes See animatable properties. Demo
Version CSS1
JavaScript syntax object.style.borderColor = "red #4285f4" Demo

CSS Syntax:

border-color: color|transparent|initial|inherit;


The following example shows how to use border-color property:

Run code

Note: Always declare the border-style property before the border-color property. An element must have borders before you can change the color.

Color Picker tool

This tool makes it easy to create, adjust, and experiment with custom colors for the web. It also makes it easy to convert between various color formats supported by CSS, including: HEXA colors, RGB (Red/Green/Blue) and HSL (Hue/Staturation/Lightness). Control over the alpha channel is also supported on RGB (rgba) and HSL (hsla) formats.

This tool will help you identify the perfect CSS colors to apply to your HTML.

Go to Color Picker Tool

Browser compatibility

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the border-color property:

border-color 1 1 3.5 1 4

Property Values

The following table describes the values of border-color property:

Value Description
color Specifies the color of the border
transparent Allows the border to be transparent, though it occupy the space
initial Sets this property to its default value
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element

See also

CSS Borders tutorial

CSS Colors tutorial

CSS border property

CSS border-style property

CSS border-width property