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HTML pre tag

The HTML <pre> tag is used to specify pre formatted texts. Texts within <pre>.......</pre> tag is displayed in a fixed-width font. Usually it is displayed in Courier font. It maintains both space and line break.

It is widely used to display language examples e.g. Java, C#, C, C++ etc because it displays the code as it is typed.

HTML pre tag example

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Output:

This is a formatted text 
by using the HTML pre tag. It maintains
    both space and line break.

HTML pre tag example: Java code within pre

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Output:

package com.javatpoint;
public class FirstJava{
public static void main(String args[]){
System.out.println("hello java");
}
}

If you remove pre tag from the above example, all the text will be displayed in a single line.

Output without pre:

package com.javatpoint; public class FirstJava{ public static void main(String args[]){ System.out.println("hello java"); } }

width attribute

The HTML <pre> tag also supports the width attribute. The width attribute specifies the desired width of the pre-formatted text. But, it is not supported in HTML 5.


Supporting Browsers

Elementchrome browser Chromeie browser IEfirefox browser Firefoxopera browser Operasafari browser Safari
<pre>YesYesYesYesYes
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