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Use the :focus-within pseudo-selector in CSS


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PostCSS Focus Within lets you use the :focus-within pseudo-class in CSS, following the Selectors Level 4 specification.

.my-form-field:focus-within label { background-color: yellow; } /* becomes */ .my-form-field[focus-within].js-focus-within label, .js-focus-within .my-form-field[focus-within] label { background-color: yellow; } .my-form-field:focus-within label { background-color: yellow; }

PostCSS Focus Within duplicates rules using the :focus-within pseudo-class with a [focus-within] attribute selector, the same selector used by the focus-within polyfill. This replacement selector can be changed using the replaceWith option. Also, the preservation of the original :focus-within rule can be disabled using the preserve option.


Add PostCSS Focus Within to your project:

npm install postcss postcss-focus-within --save-dev

Use it as a PostCSS plugin:

const postcss = require('postcss'); const postcssFocusWithin = require('postcss-focus-within'); postcss([ postcssFocusWithin(/* pluginOptions */) ]).process(YOUR_CSS /*, processOptions */);

PostCSS Focus Within runs in all Node environments, with special instructions for:

NodePostCSS CLIWebpackCreate React AppGulpGrunt



The preserve option determines whether the original notation is preserved. By default, it is preserved.

postcssFocusWithin({ preserve: false }) .my-form-field:focus-within label { background-color: yellow; } /* becomes */ .my-form-field[focus-within].js-focus-within label, .js-focus-within .my-form-field[focus-within] label { background-color: yellow; }


The replaceWith option defines the selector to replace :focus-within. By default, the replacement selector is [focus-within]. Please note that using a class, leverages classList under the hood which might not be supported on some old browsers such as IE9, so you may need to polyfill classList in those cases.

postcssFocusWithin({ replaceWith: '.focus-within' }); .my-form-field:focus-within label { background-color: yellow; } /* becomes */ .my-form-field.focus-within.js-focus-within label, .js-focus-within .my-form-field.focus-within label { background-color: yellow; } .my-form-field:focus-within label { background-color: yellow; }

Note that changing this option implies that it needs to be passed to the browser polyfill as well.


The disablePolyfillReadyClass option determines if selectors are prefixed with an indicator class. This class is only set on your document if the polyfill loads and is needed.

By default this option is false. Set this to true to prevent the class from being added.

postcssFocusWithin({ disablePolyfillReadyClass: true }) .my-form-field:focus-within label { background-color: yellow; } /* becomes */ .my-form-field[focus-within] label, .my-form-field[focus-within] label { background-color: yellow; } .my-form-field:focus-within label { background-color: yellow; }


import focusWithinInit from 'postcss-focus-within/browser'; focusWithinInit();


<!-- When using a CDN url you will have to manually update the version number --> <script src="[email protected]/dist/browser-global.js"></script> <script>focusWithinInit()</script>

PostCSS Focus Within works in all major browsers, including Safari 6+ and Internet Explorer 9+ without any additional polyfills.

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The force option determines whether the library runs even if the browser supports the selector or not. By default, it won't run if the browser does support the selector.

focusWithinInit({ force: true });

Similar to the option for the PostCSS Plugin, replaceWith determines the attribute or class to apply to an element when it's considered to be :focus-within.

focusWithinInit({ replaceWith: '.focus-within });

This option should be used if it was changed at PostCSS configuration level.



What is postcss-focus-within?

Use the :focus-within pseudo-selector in CSS

Is postcss-focus-within popular?

The npm package postcss-focus-within receives a total of 6,411,932 weekly downloads. As such, postcss-focus-within popularity was classified as popular.

Is postcss-focus-within well maintained?

We found that postcss-focus-within demonstrated a healthy version release cadence and project activity because the last version was released less than a year ago.It has 2 open source maintainers collaborating on the project.

Last updated on 23 Aug 2022

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