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The CSS Background-Origin Property

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Published Aug 8, 2017
Updated Oct 15, 2019

Background origin explained

The CSS background-origin property is used to specify where to position the background image:

Example
div {
    border: 10px double black;
    padding: 15px;
    background: url(sheet.gif);
    background-repeat: repeat;
    background-origin: padding-box;
}

It might seem similar to background-clip, but the background is resized and not clipped.

Note: this property does not have any effect if background-attachment is set to fixed.

Syntax for the background origin

The syntax for the CSS background-origin property is rather simple:

background-origin: value;

In the following section, we will explain the three available values.

Property values

The area of each element in CSS can be defined by one of three boxes:

  • the content box holds the content of the element
  • the padding box holds the content and its padding
  • the border box holds the content, the padding and the border

Css Background Image Position

With CSS background-origin, you can define the position of the background in relation to each of these boxes:

Value Description
padding-box The default value. The position of the background image is relative to the padding box
border-box The position of the background image is relative to the border box
content-box The position of the background image is relative to the content box

Browser support

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Chrome
1+
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Edge
12+
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Firefox
4+
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IE
9+
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Opera
10.5+
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Safari
3+

Mobile browser support

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Chrome
18+
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Firefox
14+
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Opera
11+
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Safari
1+