HTML <figure> Tag

The <figure> tag is used for indicating self-contained content. The tag can contain diagrams, images, illustrations, code examples and so on.

The <figure> tag is one of the HTML5 elements.

The content of the <figure> tag is related to the main flow content. However, it is perceived as an autonomous unit.

To add a caption or explanation to the content of the <figure> tag, we use the <figcaption> tag. The <figcaption> tag is included in the <figure> tag and is placed as the first or last child element. If <figcaption> is the first nested element, then the content will be displayed at the top of the image.


The <figure> tag comes in pairs. The content is written between the opening (<figure>) and closing (</figure>) tags.

Example of the HTML <figure> tag:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <p>A cute baby</p>
      <img src="/uploads/media/default/0001/01/25acddb3da54207bc6beb5838f65f022feaa81d7.jpeg" alt="A Cute Baby" width="250" height="200">


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The difference between the <figure> and <aside> tags

Both of these tags have similar behavior. However, there are some differences. Particularly, the <figure> element is for content that is directly related to the main content. The <aside> is used for "indirectly" related content. It provides infographics, pull quotes or charts for specific content.


The <figure> tag supports the Global Attributes and the Event Attributes.

Browser support

chrome firefox safari opera
6+ 4+ 5+ 11.1+

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