Offset a background image from the right using CSS


Is there a way to position a background image a certain number of pixels from the right of its element?

For example, to position something a certain number of pixels (say, 10) from the left, this is how I'd do it:

#myElement {
    background-position: 10px 0;
2/28/2011 1:10:24 PM

Accepted Answer

I found this CSS3 feature helpful:

/* to position the element 10px from the right */
background-position: right 10px top;

As far as I know this is not supported in IE8. In latest Chrome/Firefox it works fine.

See Can I use for details on the supported browsers.

Used source:


This feature is now supported in all major browsers, including mobile browsers.

3/18/2019 5:23:37 PM

!! Outdated answer, since CSS3 brought this feature

Is there a way to position a background image a certain number of pixels from the right of its element?


Popular workarounds include

  • setting a margin-right on the element instead
  • adding transparent pixels to the image itself and positioning it top right
  • or calculating the position using jQuery after the element's width is known.

The easiest solution is to use percentages. This isn't exactly the answer you were looking for since you asked for pixel-precision, but if you just need something to have a little padding between the right edge and the image, giving something a position of 99% usually works well enough.


/* aligns image to the vertical center and horizontal right of its container with a small amount of padding between the right edge */
div.middleleft {
  background: url("/images/source.jpg") 99% center no-repeat;

Outdated answer: It is now implemented in major browsers, see the other answers to this question.

CSS3 has modified the specification of background-position so that it will work with different origin point. Unfortunately, I can't find any evidence that it is implemented yet in any major browsers. See example 12.

background-position: right 3em bottom 10px;

As proposed here, this is a pretty cross browser solution that works perfectly:

background: url('/img.png') no-repeat right center;
border-right: 10px solid transparent;

I used it since the CSS3 feature of specifying offsets proposed in the answer marked as solving the question is not supported in browsers so well yet. E.g.


The most appropriate answer is the new four-value syntax for background-position, but until all browsers support it your best approach is a combination of earlier responses in the following order:

background: url(image.png) no-repeat 97% center; /* default, Android, Sf < 6 */
background-position: -webkit-calc(100% - 10px) center; /* Sf 6 */
background-position: right 10px center; /* Cr 25+, FF 13+, IE 9+, Op 10.5+ */

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