HTML5 <pre> Tag

The HTML <pre> tag is used to represent preformatted text. Text within this element is typically displayed in a non-proportional (“monospace”) font exactly as it is laid out in the file. Whitespace inside this element is displayed as typed.

The only content permitted inside this element is phrasing content. Both the starting and ending tag are mandatory for this element. The parent of the <pre> tag can be any element that accepts flow content.

The following style is applied to this element by default:

pre {
  display: block;
  font-family: monospace;
  white-space: pre;
  margin: 1em 0;

Here are some examples of using this tag:

<pre><code> body {
  } </code></pre>

<pre>                maxling

it is with a          heart

that i admit loss of a feline
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a friend lost to the


This element only accepts global attributes.

Further Reading

  1. Read more about the HTML <pre> element on MDN.
  2. You can also read the HTML <pre> tag reference on W3C.

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