The :nth-last-of-type() CSS pseudo-class matches elements of a given type, based on their position among a group of siblings, counting from the end.

/* Selects every fourth <p> element
   among any group of siblings,
   counting backwards from the last one */
p:nth-last-of-type(4n) {
  color: lime;

Note: This pseudo-class is essentially the same as :nth-of-type, except it counts items backwards from the end, not forwards from the beginning.


The nth-last-of-type pseudo-class is specified with a single argument, which represents the pattern for matching elements, counting from the end.

See :nth-last-child for a more detailed explanation of its syntax.

Formal syntax

:nth-last-of-type( <nth> )

<nth> = <an-plus-b> | even | odd



  <span>This is a span.</span>
  <span>This is another span.</span>
  <em>This is emphasized.</em>
  <span>Wow, this span gets limed!!!</span>
  <strike>This is struck through.</strike>
  <span>Here is one last span.</span>


span:nth-last-of-type(2) {
  background-color: lime;



Specification Status Comment
Selectors Level 4
The definition of ':nth-last-of-type' in that specification.
Working Draft Matching elements are not required to have a parent.
Selectors Level 3
The definition of ':nth-last-of-type' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
:nth-last-of-type()Chrome Full support 4Edge Full support 12
Full support 12
Notes Before Edge 16, Microsoft Edge treats all unknown elements (such as custom elements) as the same element type.
Firefox Full support 3.5IE Full support 9
Full support 9
Notes Internet Explorer treats all unknown elements (such as custom elements) as the same element type.
Opera Full support 9.5Safari Full support 3.2WebView Android Full support 2Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support 10.1Safari iOS Full support 3.2Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0


Full support
Full support
See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.

See also