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CSS border-bottom-color Property

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The border-bottom-color CSS property sets the color of an element's bottom border individually. However in many cases the shorthand CSS properties like border-color or border-bottom are more convenient to use and preferable.

The following table summarizes the usages context and the version history of this property.

Default value: The value of the color property
Applies to: All elements
Inherited: No
Animatable: Yes. See animatable properties.
Version: CSS 1, 2, 3


The syntax of the property is given with:

border-bottom-color color | transparent | inherit

The example below shows the border-bottom-color property in action.

p {
    border-style: solid;
    border-bottom-color: #ff0000;

Note: You must declare the border-style property before the
border-bottom-color CSS property. An element must have borders before you can set the color of the border.

Property Values

The following table describes the values of this property.

Value Description
color Specifies the color of the top border. Look at CSS Color Values for the list of possible color values.
transparent Allows the border to be transparent, though it may occupy the space set by the border-width property.
initial Sets this property to its default value.
inherit If specified, the associated element takes the computed value of its parent element border-bottom-color property.

Browser Compatibility

The border-bottom-color property is supported in all major modern browsers.

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Basic Support—

  • Firefox 1+
  • Google Chrome 1+
  • Internet Explorer 4+
  • Apple Safari 1+
  • Opera 4+

Further Reading

See tutorial on: CSS Border, CSS3 Border.

Related properties: border, border-color, border-bottom, border-bottom-style,

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