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CSS3 align-self Property

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The align-self 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: auto
Applies to: Flex items, including in-flow pseudo-elements
Inherited: No
Animatable: No. See animatable properties.
Version: New in CSS3


The syntax of the property is given with:

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

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

.flex-container {
    /* Safari */
    display: -webkit-flex; 
    -webkit-align-items: flex-start;
    /* Standard syntax */
    display: flex;
    align-items: flex-start;
.aligned {
    /* Safari */
    -webkit-flex: 1; 
    -webkit-align-self: stretch;
    /* Standard syntax */
    flex: 1; 
    align-self: stretch;

Property Values

The following table describes the values of this property.

Value Description
auto The element takes the computed value of its parent element align-items property or stretch if it has no parent. This is default value.
baseline The element is positioned at the baseline of the flex container.
center The element is positioned at the center of the flex container.
flex-start The element is positioned at the beginning of the flex container.
flex-end The element is positioned at the end of the flex container.
stretch The element is stretched to fit the flex container.
initial Sets this property to its default value.
inherit If specified, the associated element takes the computed value of its parent element align-self property.

Browser Compatibility

The align-self 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-self property but require -webkit- prefix, like this -webkit-align-self: center;

Further Reading

See tutorial on: CSS Alignment.

Related properties: align-content, align-items, 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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