List of HTML Self-Closing Tags

List of Self-Closing Tags in HTML

This page is a list of HTML elements that do not have a closing tag. They are also called {self-closing tag, empty tag, void element, singleton tag}.
Here’s a complete list of self-closing tags for HTML 5.

The space before the slash is optional.

Is the Ending Slash Optional?

  • HTML5: the slash is optional.
  • HTML4: the slash is technically invalid. However, it’s accepted by W3C’s HTML validator.
  • XHTML: The slash is REQUIRED.

I recommend to always add the slash. Because, it provides a visual clue of non-closing tags. It’s also convenient if you write simples scripts to check your HTML, without a lookup table or using heavy HTML parser.

XHTML Supports Self-Closing Syntax for All Tags

In XML/XHTML, every tag can be self-closed by the ending slash <… />. When you test it, you have to make sure the server is sending the correct Internet media type as XHTML (⁖ application/xhtml+xml), otherwise browsers will treat it as HTML, regardless of the DOCTYPE in your file.

I do NOT recommend self-closing for normal tags.

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