HTML 5 <progress> Tag

The HTML <progress> tag is used for representing the progress of a task.

This element could be used in conjunction with JavaScript to display the progress of a task or process as it is underway.

The <progress> tag was introduced in HTML 5.

Tip: The <progress> is not suitable for representing a gauge (such as disk space usage or a tally of votes). To represent a gauge, use the <meter> tag instead.


Here's an example of <progress> usage.


HTML tags can contain one or more attributes. Attributes are added to a tag to provide the browser with more information about how the tag should appear or behave. Attributes consist of a name and a value separated by an equals (=) sign, with the value surrounded by double quotes. Here's an example, style="color:black;".

There are 3 kinds of attributes that you can add to your HTML tags: Element-specific, global, and event handler content attributes.

The attributes that you can add to this tag are listed below.

Element-Specific Attributes

The following table shows the attributes that are specific to this tag/element.

valueSpecifies how much of the task has been completed.
maxSpecifies how much work the task requires in total.

Global Attributes

The following attributes are standard across all HTML 5 tags (although the tabindex attribute does not apply to dialog elements).

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

Event Handler Content Attributes

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.

For a full list of event handlers, see HTML 5 event handler content attributes.