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CSS3 align-items Property

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The align-items property specifies the default alignment for items within the flex container.

The following table summarizes the usages context and the version history of this property.

Default value: stretch
Applies to: Flex containers
Inherited: No
Animatable: No. See animatable properties.
Version: New in CSS3


The syntax of the property is given with:

baseline | center | flex-start | flex-end | stretch | initial | inherit

The example below shows the align-items property in action.

.flex-container {
    /* Safari */
    display: -webkit-flex; 
    -webkit-align-items: center;
    /* Standard syntax */
    display: flex;
    align-items: center;

Property Values

The following table describes the values of this property.

Value Description
baseline Items are positioned at the baseline of the flex container.
center Items are positioned at the center of the flex container.
flex-start Items are positioned at the beginning of the flex container.
flex-end Items are positioned at the end of the flex container.
stretch Items are stretched to fit the flex container. The free-space is divided equally between all the items. This is default value.
initial Sets this property to its default value.
inherit If specified, the associated element takes the computed value of its parent element align-items property.

Browser Compatibility

The align-items property is supported in all major modern browsers.

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Basic Support—

  • Firefox 20+
  • Google Chrome 21+
  • Internet Explorer 11+
  • Apple Safari 7+ -webkit-
  • Opera 12.1+

Note: Apple Safari version 7 and above supports the align-items property but require -webkit- prefix, like this -webkit-align-items: center;

Further Reading

See tutorial on: CSS Alignment.

Related properties: align-content, align-items, align-self, display, flex, flex-basis, flex-direction, flex-flow, flex-grow, flex-shrink, flex-wrap, justify-content, min-height, min-width, order.

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