HTML <samp> Tag

The <samp> tag contains sample output from a computer program or a script. In the browser, the content of the tag is displayed in a monospace font, by default.

The <samp> tag is a phrase tag indicating that a text section has structural meaning.

You can achieve a better effect with CSS, though the <samp> tag is not deprecated.

The default font face of the browser can be overridden with a CSS rule for the <samp> tag. However, the browser’s preferences may take priority over any specified CSS.

You can use the <output> tag instead of <samp> if you want an element to serve as a container for the output created by the website or JavaScript code.


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

Example of the HTML <samp> tag:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <p>You see an ordinary text here. <samp>But this is a sample text.</samp> And another ordinary text.</p>


samp tag example

In HTML, there are other elements used to specify the parts of a technical document: the <code> tag is used for defining the computer program output, the <kbd> tag is used for specifying a keyboard input, and the <var> tag is used for specifying variables.


The <samp> tag supports the Global attributes and the Event Attributes.

How to style <samp> tag?

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

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