CSS - custom background image position

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In this article, we would like to show you how to set custom background image position using CSS.

Quick solution:

div {
  background-position: top 10px left 20%;  /* example value */


The default value of background-position property is top 0 left 0 (top-left corner).


Practical example

To set the background image position, you can use custom values and various units (e.g 10px, 15em or 25%).

Below we present example cases of custom background-image position.

// ONLINE-RUNNER:browser;

<!doctype html>
    body {
      display: flex;

    div {
      height: 100px;
      width: 100px;
      border: 1px solid black;
      margin: 5px;
      /* background properties */
      background-image: url('');
      background-size: 50px;
      background-repeat: no-repeat;

    .custom-1 {
      background-position: top 10px left 30px;

    .custom-2 {
      background-position: bottom 5% right 1em;

    .custom-3 {
      background-position: bottom 25px left 30%;

    .custom-4 {
      background-position: bottom 1em right 30%;

  <div class="custom-1"></div>
  <div class="custom-2"></div>
  <div class="custom-3"></div>
  <div class="custom-4"></div>


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