CSS padding-left Property

CSS padding-left property defines the padding for the left side of an element. The padding-left is the space between the content and the left border of an element.

The padding-left property can be specified in any valid CSS length formats such as ‘px’, ’em’, ‘rem’, ‘cm’, etc. It can also be specified using percentage(%). It does not accept negative values.


  padding-left: 40px;
  padding-left: 4em;
  padding-left: 20%;

CSS Syntax

The padding-left property has the following syntax:

padding-left: length|percentage|initial|inherit;

Property Values

The padding-left property accepts the following values:

lengthSets a fixed left padding in CSS length formats such as ‘px’, ’em’, ‘rem’, ‘cm’, etc. The default value is zero.
percentageSets left padding in percentage. The percentage value is calculated by taking the percentage of the element’s width itself.
initialSets the padding-left property to its default value(0).
inheritInherits the padding-left property from the parent element.

General Info

Default Value0
JavaScript Usageelement.style.paddingLeft = “40px”