The paint-order CSS property lets you control the order in which the fill and stroke (and painting markers) of text content and shapes are drawn.


/* Normal */
paint-order: normal;

/* Single values */
paint-order: stroke; /* draw the stroke first, then fill and markers */
paint-order: markers; /* draw the markers first, then fill and stroke */

/* Multiple values */
paint-order: stroke fill; /* draw the stroke first, then the fill, then the markers */
paint-order: markers stroke fill; /* draw markers, then stroke, then fill */

If no value is specified, the default paint order is fill, stroke, markers.

When one value is specified, that one is painted first, followed by the other two in their default order relative to one another. When two values are specified, they will be painted in the order they are specified in, followed by the unspecified one.

Note: In the case of this property, markers are only appropriate when drawing SVG shapes involving the use of the marker-* properties (e.g. marker-start) and <marker> element. They do not apply to HTML text, so in that case, you can only determine the order of stroke and fill.


Paint the different items in normal paint order.
Specify some or all of these values in the order you want them to be painted in.

Formal definition

Initial valuenormal
Applies totext elements
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete

Formal syntax

normal | [ fill | stroke | markers ]


Reversing the paint order of stroke and fill


<svg xmlns="" width="400" height="200">
  <text x="10" y="75">stroke in front</text>
  <text x="10" y="150" class="stroke-behind">stroke behind</text>


text {
  font-family: sans-serif;
  font-size: 50px;
  font-weight: bold;
  fill: black;
  stroke: red;
  stroke-width: 4px;

.stroke-behind {
  paint-order: stroke fill;



Specification Status Comment
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2
The definition of 'paint-order' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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paint-orderChrome Full support 35Edge Full support 17Firefox Full support 60IE No support NoOpera Full support 22Safari Full support 8WebView Android Full support 37Chrome Android Full support 35Firefox Android Full support 60Opera Android Full support 22Safari iOS Full support 8Samsung Internet Android Full support 3.0


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