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HTML <br> Tag

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The <br> tag produces a line break in text.

The following table summarizes the usages context and the version history of this tag.

Placement: Inline
Content: None. It is an empty element.
Start/End Tag: Start tag: required, End tag: forbidden
Version: HTML 2, 3.2, 4, 4.01, 5


The basic syntax of the <br> tag is given with:

HTML:<br>; XHTML:<br />

Note: In HTML, the end tag for the <br> tag is forbidden. In XHTML, the <br> tag must be closed with a trailing slash like this: <br />. See empty elements.

The example below shows the <br> tag in action.

<p>This paragraph contains <br>a line break.</p>
<p>This paragraph contains <br>multiple <br>line breaks.</p>

Tip: The <br> tag should be used only for line breaks that are actually part of the content e.g. line breaks inside poems or addresses.

Tag-Specific Attributes

The following table shows the attributes that are specific to the <br> tag.

Attribute Value Description
clear none
Obsolete Specifies where the next line should appear after the line break caused by this element.

Global Attributes

Like all other HTML tags, the <br> tag supports the global attributes in HTML5.

Event Attributes

The <br> tag also supports the event attributes in HTML5.

Browser Compatibility

The <br> tag is supported in all major modern browsers.

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Basic Support—

  • Firefox 1+
  • Google Chrome 1+
  • Internet Explorer 2+
  • Apple Safari 1+
  • Opera 2.1+

Further Reading

See tutorial on: HTML Paragraph.

Related tag: <hr>.

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