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    Hey Readers!

    This blog post is going to solve the problem you must have faced sometime while putting a background image. There are situations when we want the background image to fill the entire div (instead of the viewport) without distorting. That is, the dimensions stay proportional.

    A solution we would have used long back is :

    #bg {
      /* Preserve aspet ratio */
      min-width: 100%;
      min-height: 100%;



    We could also give exact dimensions of the background image.

    But CSS3 gives a more dynamic solution to this.

    While stretching the background-image, we have the following points in mind-

    • Fills the entire div leaving no white space
    • Images are scaled as required
    • Image proportions are retained (known as aspect ratio)
    • Image is centered inside the div
    • Compatible in as much browsers as possible

    We can do this very easily, thanks to the background-size property in CSS3. We set the background  fixed and centered, then just adjust the size using background-size set to 'cover'.


    Here is the code :

      background: url(images/bg.jpg) no-repeat center center fixed; 
      -webkit-background-size: cover;
      -moz-background-size: cover;
      -o-background-size: cover;
      background-size: cover;

    And that is it.

    Keep Coding!

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