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HTML <footer> Tag

The <footer> tag defines the footer of a web page or a section. Usually, it contains copyright information, contact details, navigation links, etc.

You can have several <footer> tags on a web page. For example, you can place a footer inside the <article> tag to store information related to the article (links, footnotes, etc.).

The tag can contain other HTML elements, except for the <footer> and <header> tags.

The <footer> is one of the HTML5 elements.

If the footer contains contact details, you should put it in the <address> tag.

The <footer> element can contain the following:

  • copyright, authorship and contact information
  • related documents
  • sitemap
  • back to top links


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

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
      .header {
        height: 40px;
        padding: 20px 20px 0;
        background: #e1e1e1;
      .main-content {
        height: 60vh;
        padding: 20px;
      footer {
        padding: 10px 20px;
        background: #666;
        color: white;
      a {
        color: #00aaff;
    <div class="header">Header / Menu</div>
    <div class="main-content">
      <h1>Main content</h1>
      <p>This is some paragraph. </p>
      <p>Company © W3docs. All rights reserved.</p>


footer tag example


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

How to style <footer> tag?

Common properties to alter the visual weight/emphasis/size of text in <footer> tag:

  • CSS font-style property sets the style of the font. normal | italic | oblique | initial | inherit.
  • CSS font-family property specifies a prioritized list of one or more font family names and/or generic family names for the selected element.
  • CSS font-size property sets the size of the font.
  • CSS font-weight property defines whether the font should be bold or thick.
  • CSS text-transform property controls text case and capitalization.
  • CSS text-decoration property specifies the decoration added to text, and is a shorthand property for text-decoration-line, text-decoration-color, text-decoration-style.

Coloring text in <footer> tag:

  • CSS color property describes the color of the text content and text decorations.
  • CSS background-color property sets the background color of an element.

Text layout styles for <footer> tag:

  • CSS text-indent property specifies the indentation of the first line in a text block.
  • CSS text-overflow property specifies how overflowed content that is not displayed should be signalled to the user.
  • CSS white-space property specifies how white-space inside an element is handled.
  • CSS word-break property specifies where the lines should be broken.

Other properties worth looking at for <footer> tag:

Browser support

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