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CSS border-style Property

The border-style property is a shorthand property that sets the line style for all four sides of an element's border.

CSS Demo: border-style

border-style: solid;
border-style: dotted;
border-style: dashed;
border-style: double;
border-style: double solid;
border-style: solid dotted double;
This is a box with a border around it

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

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

  • When one value is specified, it applies the same border style to all four sides
  • When two values are specified, the first value applies to the top and bottom, the second to the left and right
  • When three values are specified, the first value applies to the top, the second to the left and right, the third to the bottom
  • When four values are specified, the values 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-style: none
  • border-right-style: none
  • border-bottom-style: none
  • border-left-style: none
Applies to all elements
Inherited no
Computed value as specified
Animatable no See animatable properties
Version CSS1
JavaScript syntax object.style.borderStyle = "solid" Demo

CSS Syntax:

border-style: none|hidden|dotted|dashed|solid|double|groove|ridge|inset|outset|initial|inherit;


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

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A solid border:

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A dashed border:

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A double border:

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A groove border:

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A ridge border:

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An inset border:

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An outset border:

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Browser compatibility

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

border-style 1 1 3.5 1 4

Warning: Internet Explorer 7 and earlier versions don't support the value hidden. IE8 supports, but requires a <!DOCTYPE>. IE9 and above supports the hidden value.

Property Values

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

Value Description
none Specifies no border (This is default)
hidden The same as "none", except in border conflict resolution for table elements
dotted Specifies dotted border
dashed Specifies dashed border
solid Specifies solid border
double Specifies double border
groove Specifies a 3D grooved border. The effect depends on the border-color value
ridge Specifies a 3D ridged border. The effect depends on the border-color value
inset Specifies a 3D inset border. The effect depends on the border-color value
outset Specifies a 3D outset border. The effect depends on the border-color value
initial Sets this property to its default value
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element

See also

CSS Borders tutorial

CSS border property

CSS border-width property

CSS border-color property