HTML readonly Attribute

❮ HTML Attributes


<form action="action.php">
	<label for="fname">First name:</label>
	<input type="text" id="fname" name="fname" value="John" readonly><br>
	<input type="submit" value="Submit">


The readonly attribute prevents the form control’s value from being changed.

Standard Syntax

HTML: <element readonly>
XHTML: <element readonly="readonly">

Browser Support


Applies to:

The readonly attribute can be used on the following element:

Element Attribute
<input> readonly
<textarea> readonly

Attribute Values

Value Description
readonly This is a boolean attribute, the presence of a boolean attribute on an element represents the true value, and the absence of the attribute represents the false value.
❮ HTML Attributes