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CSS stroke-dashoffset Property

The stroke-dashoffset property is a presentation attribute which defines the location along an SVG path where the dash of a stroke will begin.

The presentation attribute will be overridden: e.g. <path stroke-dashoffset="20%" ... />. The inline style won’t be overridden: e.g. <path style="stroke-dashoffset: 20%;" ... />.

The stroke-dashoffset property can be used as a CSS property as a presentation attribute. It can be applied to any element but can have an effect only on the following elements: <altGlyph>, <circle>, <ellipse>, <path>, <line>, <polygon>, <polyline>, <rect>, <text>, <textPath>, <tref>, and <tspan>.
"Px" or "em" units are not required.
Initial Value 0
Applies to Shapes and text content elements.
Inherited Yes.
Animatable No.
Version SVG 1.1 Specification
DOM Syntax Object.strokeDashoffset = "5";


stroke-dashoffset: length | initial | inherit;

Example of the stroke-dashoffset property:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <h2>Stroke-dashoffset property example</h2>
    <svg viewBox="-3 0 33 10" >
      <line x1="0" y1="1" x2="30" y2="1" stroke="#1c87c9" />
      <line x1="0" y1="3" x2="30" y2="3" stroke="#ccc"
        stroke-dasharray="4 1" />
      <line x1="0" y1="5" x2="30" y2="5" stroke="#8ebf42"
        stroke-dasharray="3 1"
        stroke-dashoffset="3" />
      <line x1="0" y1="7" x2="30" y2="7" stroke="#FF0000"
        stroke-dasharray="3 1"
        stroke-dashoffset="-3" />
      <line x1="0" y1="9" x2="30" y2="9" stroke="#666"
        stroke-dasharray="3 1"
        stroke-dashoffset="1" />
      <path d="M0,5 h-3 M0,7 h3 M0,9 h-1" stroke="#000"/>


CSS stroke-dashoffset values list


Value Description
length Sets the length of the property. "Px" or "em" units are not required.
percentage The property is specified by percentage.
initial Makes the property use its default value.
inherit Inherits the property from its parents element.

Browser support

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