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CSS border-spacing Property

The border-spacing property specifies the distance between the borders of adjacent <table> cells.

This property applies only when border-collapse is separate.

CSS Demo: border-spacing

border-spacing: 0;
border-spacing: 5px;
border-spacing: 30px 10px;
Cell 1.1 Cell 1.2
Cell 2.1 Cell 2.2
Cell 3.1 Cell 3.2

The border-spacing property can have either one or two values:

  • When one value is specified, it defines both the horizontal and vertical spacings between cells
  • When two values are specified, the first sets the horizontal border spacing, and the second sets the vertical border spacing

Note: The border-spacing property is equivalent to the deprecated cellspacing attribute, except that it has an optional second value that can be used to set different horizontal and vertical spacing.

Technical Details

Default value 2px
Applies to table and inline-table elements
Inherited yes
Computed value as specified
Animatable yes See animatable properties. Demo
Version CSS2
JavaScript syntax object.style.borderSpacing = "10px" Demo

CSS Syntax:

border-spacing: length|initial|inherit;


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

Run code

Browser compatibility

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

border-spacing 1 1 4 1 8

Property Values

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

Value Description
length A length value in px, pt, cm, em, etc. Negative values are not allowed See length units
initial Sets this property to its default value
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element

See also

CSS Table tutorial

CSS border-collapse property