CSS padding-top Property


The padding-top CSS property is used to define the amount of space or padding added to the top of an element's content box. It effectively creates space between the content and the top border or edge of the element. This property is commonly used in web design to control the spacing and layout of elements within a webpage, ensuring proper alignment and visual separation. By adjusting the padding-top value, designers can control the amount of empty space at the top of an element, enhancing its appearance and positioning within the overall page layout.

Initial value
Applies to
All elements
Computed value
<length> - the percentage as specified or the absolute length
JavaScript syntax

Interactive Demo

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padding-top: [ <length> | <percentage> ]


  • <length>Specifies a positive fixed width.
  • <percentage>A percentage with respect to the width of the containing block.
  • inherit


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.layer { 
   background: #fc3;
   border-top: 5px solid #000;
   border-bottom: 5px solid #000; 
   padding: 5px;
   padding-top: 40px;

Browser Support

The following table will show you the current browser support for the CSS padding-top property.

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

Last updated by CSSPortal on: 2nd January 2024