CSS background Property

The background property defines the background of an element.

This can include a color, an image, a color gradient, and more.



An element with both a color and an image background.

  .image-color {
    background: #d2c54b url("/img/css/sunflowers.jpg") no-repeat right;
    height: 250px;
    padding: 35px;

<div class="image-color"></div>  

Code Explanation

The color fills the space that is not covered by the image.

url("/img/css/sunflowers.jpg") points to the background image.

no-repeat specifies that the background image is not repeated.

right places the background image to the right of the element.

Using background

The background property adds a background to an element.

This property is a shorthand for several properties:

Multiple backgrounds can be assigned to an element with this property.


background: bg-color bg-image position/bg-size bg-repeat
            bg-origin bg-clip bg-attachment | initial | inherit;



Value Description
background-color Sets the background color
background-image Sets one or more background images
background-position Sets the background-position
background-size Sets the background-size
background-repeat Sets the background-repeat behavior
background-origin Sets the background positioning area
background-clip Sets the background painting area
background-attachment Sets whether background is fixed or scroll with the rest of the page
initial Sets the value to its default value.
inherit Inherits the value from its parent element.

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Background opacity

The background property can specify a transparent background.

Simply use the rgba function to create a transparent color.

An element with a white background that is 50% transparent.

Background is white with 50% opacity.
  .bg {
    background: lightblue;
    padding: 20px;

  .opaque {
    background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.5);
    padding: 20px;

<div class="bg">
  <div class="opaque">
    Background is white with 50% opacity.

Browser support

This table shows when background support started for each browser.

1.0 Dec 2008
1.0 Nov 2004
4.0 Sep 1997
3.5 Nov 1998
1.0 Jun 2003

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