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CSS border-image Property

The border-image property lets you draw an image in place of an element's border-style.

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

Note: If any property listed above is missing or omitted, the default value for that property will be applied, if any.

CSS Demo: border-image

border-image: url("/images/border.png") 20% round;
border-image: url("/images/border.png") 40% round;
border-image: url("/images/border.png") 40% stretch;
border-image: repeating-linear-gradient(30deg, #f33, #3bf, #f33 30px) 10%;
This is a box with a border around it

Technical Details

Default value
as each of the properties of the shorthand:
  • border-image-source: none
  • border-image-slice: 100%
  • border-image-width: 1
  • border-image-outset: 0
  • border-image-repeat: stretch
Applies to all elements, except internal table elements when border-collapse is collapse
Inherited no
Computed value as specified
Animatable no See animatable properties.
Version CSS3
JavaScript syntax object.style.borderImage = "url(border.png) 30% round" Demo

CSS Syntax:

border-image: source slice width outset repeat|initial|inherit;


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

Run code

Different slice values completely changes the look of the border:

Run code

Browser compatibility

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the border-image property.

Numbers followed by -webkit-, -moz- and -o- specify the first version that worked with a vendor prefix.

border-image 16
4 -webkit-
3.5 -moz-
11 -o-
3.1 -webkit-

Property Values

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

Value Description
border-image-source Specifies the location of the image to be used for the border
border-image-slice Specifies the inward offsets from the top, right, bottom, and left edges of the border image
border-image-width Specifies the width of the border
border-image-outset Specifies the amount by which the border image area extends beyond the border box
border-image-repeat Specifies whether the border image should be repeated, rounded or stretched
initial Sets this property to its default value
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element

See also

CSS Border Image tutorial

CSS border-image-outset property

CSS border-image-width property