HTML <tbody> Tag

The HTML <tbody> tag is used for grouping table rows. Specifically, it represents a block of rows that consist of a body of data for the parent <table> element.

The <tbody> tag can be used with the <thead> tag and the <tfoot> tag in determining each part of the table (header, footer, body). Browsers can use this information to enable scrolling of the table body independently of the header and footer - particuarly useful for large tables. Also, when printing a large table that spans multiple pages, this information can enable the table header and footer to be printed at the top and bottom of each page.


The <tbody> tag is written as <tbody></tbody> with the body of data inserted between the start and end tags.

The <tbody> element can only be used as a child of a <table> element, after any <caption>, <colgroup>, and <thead> elements, but only if there are no <tr> elements that are children of the <table> element.

Like this:


In this example, three table rows are enclosed in the <tbody> element. Also, the CSS background-color property has been used to change the background color of the <tbody> element.


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

The <tbody> element accepts the following attributes.


Global Attributes

The following attributes are standard across all HTML elements. Therefore, you can use these attributes with the <tbody> 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.