The :nth-last-child(an+b) CSS pseudo-class matches an element that has an+b-1 siblings after it in the document tree, for a given positive or zero value for n, and has a parent element.

In effect, it functions the same as :nth-child except it selects items counting backwards from the end of element series, not the start.

See :nth-child for a more thorough description of the syntax of its argument.


element:nth-last-child(an + b) { style properties }


Example selectors

Matches the last four rows of an HTML table.
Matches the even elements in their parent element, starting at the last element and working backward.


This CSS ...

table {
  border: 1px solid blue;
tr:nth-last-child(-n+3) { /* the last 3 siblings */
  background-color: lime;

... with this HTML ...

      <td>First line</td>
       <td>Second line</td>
       <td>Third line</td>
       <td>Fourth line</td>
       <td>Fifth line</td>

... looks like :


Specification Status Comment
Selectors Level 4
The definition of ':nth-last-child' in that specification.
Working Draft No change
Selectors Level 3
The definition of ':nth-last-child' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 4.0 3.5 (1.9.1) 9.0 9.5 3.2
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 2.1 1.0 (1.9.1) 9.0 10.0 3.2

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