CSS color

The CSS color property is used for setting the foreground color of an element's text content.

The color property can be used in conjunction with the background-color property to set the foreground and background colors respectively.

The color property is used for text content, but its value is also applied to other properties, such as borders, if a color hasn't been specified for those.


color: <color>

Possible Values

The color data type allows for many different ways of specifying a color. For example, you can use the hex value, rgba() functional notation, a named color, a keyword such as transparent, or any of the other choices available.

In addition, all CSS properties also accept the following CSS-wide keyword values as the sole component of their property value:

Represents the value specified as the property's initial value.
Represents the computed value of the property on the element's parent.
This value acts as either inherit or initial, depending on whether the property is inherited or not. In other words, it sets all properties to their parent value if they are inheritable or to their initial value if not inheritable.

General Information

Initial Value
Depends on the user agent. For example, your browser sets its own default colors for different elements.
Applies To
All elements
Yes (see example)

Example Code

color: red;
color: #ff0000;
color: rgb(255,0,0);
color: rgb(100%,0%,0%);
color: rgba(255,0,0,1);
color: hsl(0, 100%, 50%);
color: hsv(0, 100%, 100%);

These all achieve the same result. See CSS color for a list of color codes, charts, color converters, and more.

Official Specifications