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TypeScript and Flow definitions for CSS, generated by data from MDN. It provides autocompletion and type checking for CSS properties and values.

import * as CSS from 'csstype';

const style: CSS.Properties = {
  colour: 'white', // Type error on property
  textAlign: 'middle', // Type error on value

Getting started

$ npm install csstype
$ # or
$ yarn add csstype

Table of content

Style types

Properties are categorized in different uses and in several technical variations to provide typings that suits as many as possible.

All interfaces has one optional generic argument to define length. It defaults to string | 0 because 0 is the only unitless length. You can specify this, e.g. string | number, for platforms and libraries that accepts any numeric value as length with a specific unit.

Default Hyphen Fallback HyphenFallback
All Properties PropertiesHyphen PropertiesFallback PropertiesHyphenFallback
Standard StandardProperties StandardPropertiesHyphen StandardPropertiesFallback StandardPropertiesHyphenFallback
Vendor VendorProperties VendorPropertiesHyphen VendorPropertiesFallback VendorPropertiesHyphenFallback
Obsolete ObsoleteProperties ObsoletePropertiesHyphen ObsoletePropertiesFallback ObsoletePropertiesHyphenFallback
Svg SvgProperties SvgPropertiesHyphen SvgPropertiesFallback SvgPropertiesHyphenFallback


  • All - Includes Standard, Vendor, Obsolete and Svg
  • Standard - Current properties and extends subcategories StandardLonghand and StandardShorthand (e.g. StandardShorthandProperties)
  • Vendor - Vendor prefixed properties and extends subcategories VendorLonghand and VendorShorthand (e.g. VendorShorthandProperties)
  • Obsolete - Removed or deprecated properties
  • Svg - SVG-specific properties


  • Default - JavaScript (camel) cased property names
  • Hyphen - CSS (kebab) cased property names
  • Fallback - Also accepts array of values e.g. string | string[]

At-rule types

At-rule interfaces with descriptors.

Default Hyphen Fallback HyphenFallback
@counter-style CounterStyle CounterStyleHyphen CounterStyleFallback CounterStyleHyphenFallback
@font-face FontFace FontFaceHyphen FontFaceFallback FontFaceHyphenFallback
@page Page PageHyphen PageFallback PageHyphenFallback
@viewport Viewport ViewportHyphen ViewportFallback ViewportHyphenFallback

Pseudo types

String literals of pseudo classes and pseudo elements

  • Pseudos


    • AdvancedPseudos

      Function-like pseudos e.g. :not(:first-child). The string literal contains the value excluding the parenthesis: :not. These are separated because they require an argument that results in infinite number of variations.

    • SimplePseudos

      Plain pseudos e.g. :hover that can only be one variation.


Length defaults to string | 0. But it's possible to override it using generics.

import * as CSS from 'csstype';

const style: CSS.Properties<string | number> = {
  padding: 10,
  margin: '1rem',

In some cases, like for CSS-in-JS libraries, an array of values is a way to provide fallback values in CSS. Using CSS.PropertiesFallback instead of CSS.Properties will add the possibility to use any property value as an array of values.

import * as CSS from 'csstype';

const style: CSS.PropertiesFallback = {
  display: ['-webkit-flex', 'flex'],
  color: 'white',

There's even string literals for pseudo selectors and elements.

import * as CSS from 'csstype';

const pseudos: { [P in CSS.SimplePseudos]?: CSS.Properties } = {
  ':hover': {
    display: 'flex',

Hyphen cased (kebab cased) properties are provided in CSS.PropertiesHyphen and CSS.PropertiesHyphenFallback. It's not not added by default in CSS.Properties. To allow both of them, you can simply extend with CSS.PropertiesHyphen or/and CSS.PropertiesHyphenFallback.

import * as CSS from 'csstype';

interface Style extends CSS.Properties, CSS.PropertiesHyphen {}

const style: Style = {
  'flex-grow': 1,
  'flex-shrink': 0,
  'font-weight': 'normal',
  backgroundColor: 'white',

What should I do when I get type errors?

The goal is to have as perfect types as possible and we're trying to do our best. But with CSS Custom Properties, the CSS specification changing frequently and vendors implementing their own specifications with new releases sometimes causes type errors even if it should work. Here's some steps you could take to get it fixed:

If you're using CSS Custom Properties you can step directly to step 3.

  1. First of all, make sure you're doing it right. A type error could also indicate that you're not 😉

    • Some CSS specs that some vendors has implemented could have been officially rejected or haven't yet received any official acceptance and are therefor not included
    • If you're using TypeScript, type widening could be the reason you get Type 'string' is not assignable to... errors
  2. Have a look in issues to see if an issue already has been filed. If not, create a new one. To help us out, please refer to any information you have found.

  3. Fix the issue locally with TypeScript (Flow further down):

    • The recommended way is to use module augmentation. Here's a few examples:

      // My css.d.ts file
      import * as CSS from 'csstype';
      declare module 'csstype' {
        interface Properties {
          // Add a missing property
          WebkitRocketLauncher?: string;
          // Add a CSS Custom Property
          '--theme-color'?: 'black' | 'white';
          // ...or allow any other property
          [index: string]: any;
    • The alternative way is to use type assertion. Here's a few examples:

      const style: CSS.Properties = {
        // Add a missing property
        ['WebkitRocketLauncher' as any]: 'launching',
        // Add a CSS Custom Property
        ['--theme-color' as any]: 'black',

    Fix the issue locally with Flow:

    • Use type assertion. Here's a few examples:

      const style: $Exact<CSS.Properties<*>> = {
        // Add a missing property
        [('WebkitRocketLauncher': any)]: 'launching',
        // Add a CSS Custom Property
        [('--theme-color': any)]: 'black',

Version 2.0

The casing of CSS vendor properties are changed matching the casing of prefixes in Javascript. So all of them are capitalized except for ms.

  • msOverflowStyle is still msOverflowStyle
  • mozAppearance is now MozAppearance
  • webkitOverflowScrolling is now WebkitOverflowScrolling

More info: https://www.andismith.com/blogs/2012/02/modernizr-prefixed/


Never modify index.d.ts and index.js.flow directly. They are generated automatically and committed so that we can easily follow any change it results in. Therefor it's important that you run $ git config merge.ours.driver true after you've forked and cloned. That setting prevents merge conflicts when doing rebase.


  • yarn build Generates typings and type checks them
  • yarn watch Runs build on each save
  • yarn test Runs the tests
  • yarn lazy Type checks, lints and formats everything

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