HTML <footer> Tag

The HTML <footer> tag represents the footer of an HTML document or a section within the document.

Footers typically contain information such as the author of the document, copyright information, links to terms of use, privacy policy, etc.


The <footer> tag is written as <footer></footer> with the footer content inserted between the start and end tags.

Like this:

The <footer> tag can be placed anywhwere that "flow content" is expected (typically anywhwere within the body of the document), however, cannot be placed within a <header> or another <footer> element, and it cannot contain a <header> element.


Basic tag usage

Here's an example of the <footer> tag being used to markup the footer of a whole document.

Footer at Top of Document

The <footer> tag doesn't necessarily need to appear at the bottom of the document (although this is probably the most common usage).

Here's an example of placing the <footer> tag near the top of the document.

Multiple <footer> Elements

A document can have multiple <footer> elements. Here's an example of a document with two footers (one at the top and one at the bottom).

Section Footers

Just as a whole document can contain <footer> elements, so can each section within a document.

Here, we have two <article> elements that contain their own respective footers. The document itself has its own separate footer.


Footers often contain contact information for the document's author. Contact information within a <footer> tag should be marked up using the <address> tag.


Attributes can be added to an HTML element to provide more information about how the element should appear or behave.

The <footer> element accepts the following attributes.


Global Attributes

The following attributes are standard across all HTML elements. Therefore, you can use these attributes with the <footer> tag , as well as with all other HTML tags.

For a full explanation of these attributes, see HTML 5 global attributes.

Event Handlers

Event handler content attributes enable you to invoke a script from within your HTML. The script is invoked when a certain "event" occurs. Each event handler content attribute deals with a different event.

Most event handler content attributes can be used on all HTML elements, but some event handlers have specific rules around when they can be used and which elements they are applicable to.

For more detail, see HTML event handler content attributes.