column-rule property CSS Reference

Definition and Usage

In multi-column layouts, the column-rule CSS property specifies a straight line, or "rule", to be drawn between each column. It is a convenient shorthand to avoid setting each of the individual column-rule-* properties separately : column-rule-width, column-rule-style and column-rule-color.

  • Initial the concatenation of the initial values of its longhand properties:
    • column-rule-width: medium
    • column-rule-style: none
    • column-rule-color: currentColor
  • Applies to multicol elements
  • Inherited no
  • Media visual
  • Computed Value as each of the properties of the shorthand:
    • column-rule-color: If the value is translucent, the computed value will be the rgba() corresponding one. If it isn't, it will be the rgb() corresponding one. The transparent keyword maps to rgb(0,0,0).
    • column-rule-style: as specified
    • column-rule-width: an absolute length; 0 if the column rule style is none or hidden
  • Animatable as each of the properties of the shorthand:
    • column-rule-color: yes, as a color
    • column-rule-style: no
    • column-rule-width: yes, as a length
  • Canonical order order of appearance in the formal grammar of the values


Formal syntax: <'column-rule-width'> || <'column-rule-style'> || <'column-rule-color'>


Accepts one, two or three values in any order:
Is a <length> or one of the three keywords, thin, medium or thick. See border-width for details.
See border-style for possible values and details.
Is a <color> value.

Examples { column-rule: dotted; }          /* same as "medium dotted currentColor" */ { column-rule: solid blue; }      /* same as "medium solid blue" */
p.baz { column-rule: solid 8px; }       /* same as "8px solid currentColor" */ { column-rule: thick inset blue; }

Live Example

padding:0.3em; background:gold; border:groove 2px gold; column-rule: inset 2px gold; column-width:17em;


Desktop browsers

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support (Yes)-webkit 3.5 (1.9.1)-moz 10 11.1 3.0 (522)-webkit

Mobile browsers

Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support NA (Yes) NA NA NA

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