CSS border-color Property


The border-color CSS property is used to set the color of an element's borders. It allows you to define the color of each individual border (top, right, bottom, left) separately, or you can specify a single color value that will be applied to all borders if only one color is provided. This property is commonly used in combination with other border-related properties like border-width and border-style to fully control the appearance of an element's borders, allowing web designers to create visually appealing and customized border effects for elements on a webpage.

Initial value
See individual properties
Applies to
All elements
Computed value
See individual properties
JavaScript syntax

Interactive Demo

The rusty swing set creaked a lonely lullaby in the twilight, shadows lengthening like grasping fingers across the dew-kissed grass. A lone dandelion seed, adrift on the breeze, whispered secrets of faraway fields, of dandelion suns and galaxies spun from fluff. Somewhere, beyond the veil of dusk, a coyote laughed, echoing through the stillness like a forgotten memory.


border-color: <color>{1,4} 


  • <color>Specify the color to use on all borders. This can be anywhere from one to four values representing the top, right, bottom, and left border respectively.
  • transparentThis will apply a border that is not visible but it can have a width applied.
  • inherit


<div class="border">This is an example of the border-color property using a purple solid border 2px in width.</div>
.border {
   border-style: solid;
   border-width: 2px;
   border-color: purple;
   margin: 20px;
   padding: 20px;

Browser Support

The following table will show you the current browser support for the CSS border-color property.

Edge Chrome Firefox Opera Safari
Tablets / Mobile
Chrome Firefox Opera Safari Samsung Webview

Last updated by CSSPortal on: 31st December 2023