Many operating systems now have a "dark mode" preference. Some browsers already offer an option to transform webpages into a dark theme. The prefers-color-scheme media query is a way for an author to support their own dark theme, so they have full control over their own experience. The meta tag is needed so that a site can explicitly opt-in and say that they fully support a dark theme and that the browser should load a different UA sheet and not ever apply transformations.



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Unknown standards status - check spec link for status

Status in Chromium


Enabled by default (tracking bug)

Consensus & Standardization

After a feature ships in Chrome, the values listed here are not guaranteed to be up to date.

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Search tags

dark mode, high contrast,

Last updated on 2021-12-13