padding-left property CSS Reference

Definition and Usage

The padding-left CSS property of an element sets the padding space required on the left side of an element. The padding area is the space between the content of the element and it's border. A negative value is not allowed.

  • Initial 0
  • Applies to all elements except table-row-group, table-header-group, table-footer-group, table-row, table-column-group and table-column
  • Inherited no
  • Percentages refer to the width of the containing block
  • Media visual
  • Computed Value the percentage as specified or the absolute length
  • Animatable yes, as a length
  • Canonical order the unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


Formal syntax: <length> | <percentage>
padding-left: 0.5em;
padding-left: 0;
padding-left: 2cm;
padding-left: 10%
padding-left: inherit


Specifies a positive fixed width. See <length> for details.
A percentage with respect to the width of the containing block.


.content { padding-left: 5%; }
.sidebox { padding-left: 10px; }


Desktop browsers

FeatureChromeFirefox (Gecko)Internet ExplorerOperaSafari (WebKit)
Basic support1.01.0 (1.0) (85)

Mobile browsers

FeatureAndroidFirefox Mobile (Gecko)IE PhoneOpera MobileSafari Mobile
Basic supportNANANANANA

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