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How to define colors as variables in CSS ?
  • Last Updated : 27 Apr, 2020

In CSS, we can define custom properties (often known as CSS variables), that offers us great flexibility to define a set of rules and avoid rewriting them again and again. We can also use custom properties to define colors.

Example 1:




<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  
<head>
    <title>
        How to define colors as variables in CSS?
    </title>
    <style>
        :root {
            --primary-color: rgb(15, 157, 88);
            --secondary-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);
        }
  
        .first {
            width: 50%;
            padding: 40px 0px;
            margin: 10px 0px;
            text-align: center;
  
            /* Apply color using CSS var */
            background-color: var(--primary-color);
            color: var(--secondary-color);
        }
  
        .second {
  
            width: 50%;
            padding: 40px 0px;
            text-align: center;
  
            /* Apply color using CSS var */
            background-color: var(--primary-color);
            color: var(--secondary-color);
        }
    </style>
</head>
  
<body>
    <div class="first">
        <h1>GeeksforGeeks</h1>
    </div>
  
    <div class="second">
        <h1>GeeksforGeeks</h1>
    </div>
</body>
  
</html>

Output:
example_first

Explanation: In the above example, we have defined two variable having scope of root (It can be used across the whole page), --primary-color and --secondary-color. Then, we have used them on class first and second, using CSS var() function.

Note: :root selector can be replaced with any local selector. Also, it will limit the scope of the defined variable within that selector only.



Example 2:




<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  
<head>
    <title>
        How to define colors as variables in CSS?
    </title>
  
    <style>
        .first {
  
            /* The defined colors are not scoped for
               .first class only
            */
            --primary-color: rgb(15, 157, 88);
            --secondary-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);
  
            width: 50%;
            padding: 40px 0px;
            margin: 10px 0px;
            text-align: center;
  
            /* Apply color using CSS var */
            background-color: var(--primary-color);
            color: var(--secondary-color);
        }
  
        .second {
            width: 50%;
            padding: 40px 0px;
            text-align: center;
  
            /* Apply color using CSS var */
            background-color: var(--primary-color);
            color: var(--secondary-color);
        }
    </style>
</head>
  
<body>
    <div class="first">
        <h1>GeeksforGeeks</h1>
    </div>
  
    <div class="second">
        <h1>GeeksforGeeks</h1>
    </div>
</body>
  
</html>

Output:
example_last

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