font-weight property CSS Reference

Definition and Usage

The font-weight CSS property specifies the weight or boldness of the font. However, some fonts are not available in all weights; some are available only on normal and bold.

  • Initial normal
  • Applies to all elements
  • Inherited yes
  • Media visual
  • Computed Value the keyword or the numerical value as specified, with bolder and lighter transformed to the real value
  • Animatable yes, as a font weight
  • Canonical order the unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


Formal syntax: normal | bold | bolder | lighter | 100 | 200 | 300 | 400 | 500 | 600 | 700 | 800 | 900
font-weight: normal
font-weight: bold
font-weight: lighter
font-weight: bolder
font-weight: 100
font-weight: 200
font-weight: 300
font-weight: 400
font-weight: 500
font-weight: 600
font-weight: 700
font-weight: 800
font-weight: 900
font-weight: inherit


Normal font weight. Same as 400.
Bold font weight. Same as 700.
One font weight lighter than the parent element (among the available weights of the font).
One font weight darker than the parent element (among the available weights of the font).
100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900

Numeric font weights for fonts that provide more than just normal and bold. If the exact weight given is unavailable, then 600-900 use the closest available darker weight (or, if there is none, the closest available lighter weight), and 100-500 use the closest available lighter weight (or, if there is none, the closest available darker weight). This means that for fonts that provide only normal and bold, 100-500 are normal, and 600-900 are bold.


A font-weight value is interpolated via discrete steps (multiples of 100). The interpolation happens in real number space and is converted to an integer by rounding to the nearest multiple of 100, with values halfway between multiples of 100 rounded towards positive infinity.


/* Set paragraph text to be bold. */
p { font-weight: bold; }
/* Set h1 (level 1 heading) text to one step darker than
   normal but less than a standard bold. */
h1 { font-weight: 500; }
/* Sets text enclosed within span tag to be one step lighter
   than the parent. */
span { font-weight: lighter; }


Desktop browsers

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 2.0 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) 3.0 3.5 1.3

Mobile browsers

Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 1.0 1.0 (1.0) 6.0 6.0 3.1

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