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CSS content Property

The content property is used in combination with the ::before and ::after pseudo-elements to generate content in an element.

CSS Demo: content

content: none;
content: '\2713';
content: '\272A';
content: ' You just added me!!!';
content: url('https://parrot-tutorial.com/images/girl.png');
Hello world

Technical Details

Default value normal
Applies to ::before and ::after pseudo-elements
Inherited no
Computed value as specified
Animatable no See animatable properties.
Version CSS2
JavaScript syntax not possible using JavaScript, but there are other ways to achieve the same result. Demo

CSS Syntax:

content: normal|none|counter|string|attr|open-quote|close-quote|no-open-quote|no-close-quote|url|initial|inherit;


The following example shows how to use content property:

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Insert the value of the href attribute in parenthesis after each <a> element:

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Browser compatibility

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the content property:

content 1 1 4 1 8

Property Values

The following table describes the values of columns property:

Value Description Example
normal It computes to none for the ::before and ::after pseudo-elements (This is default) Demo
none The pseudo-element is not generated Demo
counter Sets the content as a counter Demo
string Inserts the specified string Demo
attr(attribute) Insert a specified attribute's value before or after the selected element(s) Demo
open-quote Insert the opening quotation mark Demo
close-quote Insert the closing quotation mark Demo
url(URL) A URL that designates an external resource (such as an image). If the resource can't be displayed, it is either ignored or a placeholder is shown Demo
no-open-quote Removes the opening quote from the content
no-close-quote Removes the closing quote from the content
initial Sets this property to its default value
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element

See also

CSS ::after pseudo element property

CSS ::before pseudo element property