CSS: Make a search field with a magnifying glass icon inside

Updated: February 23, 2022 By: A Goodman 6 comments

This is a short and straight-to-the-point guide on how to make a search filed with a magnifying glass icon inside from scratch without using any third-party library. Here’s what you’ll see at the end:

Getting Started

1. Create a new folder called example or whatever you like (the name doesn’t matter). In this folder, create 2 files: index.html and style.css.

2. Download the following PNG image to the example folder (you can use another png file if you want):

Our folder structure at this point:

├── index.html
├── search.png
└── style.css

3. HTML code:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8" />
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0" />
    <title>Search Field</title>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css" />
    <div class="container">
      <form action="/" method="GET" class="form">
        <input type="search" placeholder="Search" class="search-field" />
        <button type="submit" class="search-button">
          <img src="search.png">

4. CSS code:

* {
  /* Reset browser's padding and margin */
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;
  box-sizing: border-box; 

body {
  background: #4a69bd;

.container {
  margin: 200px auto;
  width: 500px;
  height: 60px

/* The point of this tutorial is here */
.form {
  display: flex;
  flex-direction: row;
.search-field {
  width: 100%;
  padding: 10px 35px 10px 15px;
  border: none;
  border-radius: 100px;
  outline: none;

.search-button {
  background: transparent;
  border: none;
  outline: none;
  margin-left: -33px;

.search-button img {
  width: 20px;
  height: 20px;
  object-fit: cover;

That’s it. Further reading:

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2 years ago

It’s amazing thank you! How did you make it so that the “x” that removes the content in the input shows up? I cant see it written anywhere?

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Akhter jafarinejad
2 years ago

Drive salted and save

2 years ago

Thank you very much 🙂 This is great!

2 years ago

Thank you so much for the guide!

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