The border-width shorthand CSS property sets the width of an element's border.

Constituent properties

This property is a shorthand for the following CSS properties:


/* Keyword values */
border-width: thin;
border-width: medium;
border-width: thick;

/* <length> values */
border-width: 4px;
border-width: 1.2rem;

/* vertical | horizontal */
border-width: 2px 1.5em;

/* top | horizontal | bottom */
border-width: 1px 2em 1.5cm;

/* top | right | bottom | left */
border-width: 1px 2em 0 4rem;

/* Global keywords */
border-width: inherit;
border-width: initial;
border-width: unset;

The border-width property may be specified using one, two, three, or four values.

  • When one value is specified, it applies the same width to all four sides.
  • When two values are specified, the first width applies to the top and bottom, the second to the left and right.
  • When three values are specified, the first width applies to the top, the second to the left and right, the third to the bottom.
  • When four values are specified, the widths apply to the top, right, bottom, and left in that order (clockwise).


Defines the width of the border, either as an explicit nonnegative <length> or a keyword. If it's a keyword, it must be one of the following values:
A thin border
A medium border
A thick border

Note: Because the specification doesn't define the exact thickness denoted by each keyword, the precise result when using one of them is implementation-specific. Nevertheless, they always follow the pattern thin ≤ medium ≤ thick, and the values are constant within a single document.

Formal definition

Initial valueas each of the properties of the shorthand:
Applies toall elements. It also applies to ::first-letter.
Computed valueas each of the properties of the shorthand:
Animation typeas each of the properties of the shorthand:

Formal syntax


<line-width> = <length> | thin | medium | thick


A mix of values and lengths


<p id="sval">
    one value: 6px wide border on all 4 sides</p>
<p id="bival">
    two different values: 2px wide top and bottom border, 10px wide right and left border</p>
<p id="treval">
    three different values: 0.3em top, 9px bottom, and zero width right and left</p>
<p id="fourval">
    four different values: "thin" top, "medium" right, "thick" bottom, and 1em left</p>


#sval {
  border: ridge #ccc;
  border-width: 6px;
#bival {
  border: solid red;
  border-width: 2px 10px;
#treval {
  border: dotted orange;
  border-width: 0.3em 0 9px;
#fourval {
  border: solid lightgreen;
  border-width: thin medium thick 1em;
p {
  width: auto;
  margin: 0.25em;
  padding: 0.25em;



Specification Status Comment
CSS Backgrounds and Borders Module Level 3
The definition of 'border-width' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation No direct change; the <length> CSS data type extension has an effect on this property.
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1)
The definition of 'border-width' in that specification.
Recommendation Added the constraint that values' meaning must be constant inside a document.
CSS Level 1
The definition of 'border-width' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
border-widthChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 4Opera Full support 3.5Safari Full support 1WebView Android Full support 2Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support 10.1Safari iOS Full support 3Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0


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See also