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CSS box-shadow Property


Add shadows to different <div> elements:

#example1 {
  box-shadow: 5px 10px;

#example2 {
  box-shadow: 5px 10px #888888;
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More "Try it Yourself" examples below.

Definition and Usage

The box-shadow property attaches one or more shadows to an element.

Default value: none
Inherited: no
Animatable: yes. Read about animatable Try it
Version: CSS3
JavaScript syntax:"10px 20px 30px blue" Try it

Browser Support

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the property.

Numbers followed by -webkit- or -moz- specify the first version that worked with a prefix.

box-shadow 10.0
4.0 -webkit-
9.0 4.0
3.5 -moz-
3.1 -webkit-

CSS Syntax

box-shadow: none|h-offset v-offset blur spread color |inset|initial|inherit;

Note: To attach more than one shadow to an element, add a comma-separated list of shadows (see "Try it Yourself" example below).

Property Values

Value Description Play it
none Default value. No shadow is displayed Play it »
h-offset Required. The horizontal offset of the shadow. A positive value puts the shadow on the right side of the box, a negative value puts the shadow on the left side of the box Play it »
v-offset Required. The vertical offset of the shadow. A positive value puts the shadow below the box, a negative value puts the shadow above the box Play it »
blur Optional. The blur radius. The higher the number, the more blurred the shadow will be Play it »
spread Optional. The spread radius. A positive value increases the size of the shadow, a negative value decreases the size of the shadow Play it »
color Optional. The color of the shadow. The default value is the text color. Look at CSS Color Values for a complete list of possible color values.

Note: In Safari (on PC) the color parameter is required. If you do not specify the color, the shadow is not displayed at all.
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inset Optional. Changes the shadow from an outer shadow (outset) to an inner shadow Play it »
initial Sets this property to its default value. Read about initial Play it »
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element. Read about inherit

Tip: Read more about allowed values (CSS length units)

More Examples


Add a blur effect to the shadow:

#example1 {
  box-shadow: 10px 10px 8px #888888;
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Define the spread radius of the shadow:

#example1 {
  box-shadow: 10px 10px 8px 10px #888888;
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Define multiple shadows:

#example1 {
  box-shadow: 5px 5px blue, 10px 10px red, 15px 15px green;
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Add the inset keyword:

#example1 {
  box-shadow: 5px 10px inset;
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Images thrown on the table. This example demonstrates how to create "polaroid" pictures and rotate the pictures:

div.polaroid {
  width: 284px;
  padding: 10px 10px 20px 10px;
  border: 1px solid #BFBFBF;
  background-color: white;
  box-shadow: 10px 10px 5px #aaaaaa;
Try it Yourself »

Related Pages

CSS tutorial: CSS Rounded Corners

HTML DOM reference: boxShadow property