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The CSS outline-color specifies the outline colour for an element.

Applies To

All elements.

Property Values

color - Defines a colour for the border.

Valid values for color keywords are aqua, black, blue, fuchsia, gray, green, invert, lime, maroon, navy, olive, orange, purple, red, silver, teal, white and yellow.

Colours can also be expressed using hex notation or rgb formats.

inherit - The outline-color properties are inherited from the parent element.

transparent - A transparent outline that may have width.

Default Value

If an outline colour is not specified the invert property value will be used.


The outline-color property is NOT inherited from the parent element unless specified using the inherit property value.

Browser Anomalies

IE5, IE6 and IE7 do not support the inherit property value.
IE8 does with a valid !DOCTYPE.
IE9+ supports the inherit property value.


<!DOCTYPE html> 
<!-- Our HTML/CSS for the CSS outline-color property follows -->
<html  lang="en">
<title>CSS Reference - CSS outline-color Property</title>

<!-- Valid values for CSS outline-color Property are:
	color inherit and transparent. 

<style type="text/css">

/* Set a border and padding around images to see the 
   effects of changing the outline colours */
img {
  padding: 10px;
  border: 2px solid orange;
  outline: 2px solid;

#img1 {
  outline-color: blue;

#img2 {
  outline-color: #ff0;


<h1>Looking at the CSS outline-color Property</h1>
<p>A border and outline.
<img id="img1" src="http://htmldoctor.info/images/shepherdspiesmall.jpg"
    alt="Shepherds Pie">
<p>A border and outline.
<img id="img2" src="http://htmldoctor.info/images/shepherdspiesmall.jpg"
    alt="Shepherds Pie">

How It Looks

The results of using the outline-color property with the values above will look something like the following:


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