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The padding style specifies spacing around the content of a widget.


padding: <integer> # one value for all edges
       | <integer> <integer>
       # top/bot   left/right
       | <integer> <integer> <integer> <integer>;
       # top       right     bot       left

padding-top: <integer>;
padding-right: <integer>;
padding-bottom: <integer>;
padding-left: <integer>;

The padding specifies spacing around the content of a widget, thus this spacing is added inside the widget. The values of the <integer> determine how much spacing is added and the number of values define what edges get what padding:

  • 1 <integer> sets the same padding for the four edges of the widget;
  • 2 <integer> set padding for top/bottom and left/right edges, respectively.
  • 4 <integer> set padding for the top, right, bottom, and left edges, respectively.


To remember the order of the edges affected by the rule padding when it has 4 values, think of a clock. Its hand starts at the top and then goes clockwise: top, right, bottom, left.

Alternatively, padding can be set for each edge individually through the rules padding-top, padding-right, padding-bottom, and padding-left, respectively.


Basic usage

This example adds padding around some text.

PaddingApp I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its  path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will  remain.

from import App
from textual.widgets import Label

TEXT = """I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."""

class PaddingApp(App):
    CSS_PATH = "padding.tcss"

    def compose(self):
        yield Label(TEXT)

if __name__ == "__main__":
    app = PaddingApp()
Screen {
    background: white;
    color: blue;

Label {
    padding: 4 8;
    background: blue 20%;
    width: 100%;

All padding settings

The next example shows a grid. In each cell, we have a placeholder that has its padding set in different ways. The effect of each padding setting is noticeable in the colored background around the text of each placeholder.

PaddingAllApp no padding padding: 1padding:padding: 1 1 1 52 6 padding-right: 3padding-bottom: 4padding-left: 3 padding-top: 4

from import App
from textual.containers import Grid
from textual.widgets import Placeholder

class PaddingAllApp(App):
    CSS_PATH = "padding_all.tcss"

    def compose(self):
        yield Grid(
            Placeholder("no padding", id="p1"),
            Placeholder("padding: 1", id="p2"),
            Placeholder("padding: 1 5", id="p3"),
            Placeholder("padding: 1 1 2 6", id="p4"),
            Placeholder("padding-top: 4", id="p5"),
            Placeholder("padding-right: 3", id="p6"),
            Placeholder("padding-bottom: 4", id="p7"),
            Placeholder("padding-left: 3", id="p8"),

if __name__ == "__main__":
    app = PaddingAllApp()
Screen {
    background: $background;

Grid {
    grid-size: 4;
    grid-gutter: 1 2;

Placeholder {
    width: auto;
    height: auto;

#p1 {
    /* default is no padding */

#p2 {
    padding: 1;

#p3 {
    padding: 1 5;

#p4 {
    padding: 1 1 2 6;

#p5 {
    padding-top: 4;

#p6 {
    padding-right: 3;

#p7 {
    padding-bottom: 4;

#p8 {
    padding-left: 3;


/* Set padding of 1 around all edges */
padding: 1;
/* Set padding of 2 on the top and bottom edges, and 4 on the left and right */
padding: 2 4;
/* Set padding of 1 on the top, 2 on the right,
                 3 on the bottom, and 4 on the left */
padding: 1 2 3 4;

padding-top: 1;
padding-right: 2;
padding-bottom: 3;
padding-left: 4;


In Python, you cannot set any of the individual padding styles padding-top, padding-right, padding-bottom, and padding-left.

However, you can set padding to a single integer, a tuple of 2 integers, or a tuple of 4 integers:

# Set padding of 1 around all edges
widget.styles.padding = 1
# Set padding of 2 on the top and bottom edges, and 4 on the left and right
widget.styles.padding = (2, 4)
# Set padding of 1 on top, 2 on the right, 3 on the bottom, and 4 on the left
widget.styles.padding = (1, 2, 3, 4)

See also

  • box-sizing to specify how to account for padding in a widget's dimensions.
  • margin to add spacing around a widget.