HTML <code> Tag


Format text in a document:

<code>A piece of computer code</code>

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Definition and Usage

The <code> tag is a phrase tag. It defines a piece of computer code.

Tip: This tag is not deprecated, but it is possible to achieve richer effect with CSS.

All phrase tags:

Tag Description
<em> Renders as emphasized text
<strong> Defines important text
<code> Defines a piece of computer code
<samp> Defines sample output from a computer program
<kbd> Defines keyboard input
<var> Defines a variable

Browser Support

<code> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5


Global Attributes

The <code> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.

Event Attributes

The <code> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.

Related Pages

HTML tutorial: HTML Text Formatting

HTML DOM reference: Code Object

Default CSS Settings

Most browsers will display the <code> element with the following default values:


code {
    font-family: monospace;

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