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CSS3 flex-flow Property

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The flex-flow CSS property is a shorthand property for setting the flex-direction and flex-wrap individual properties at once.

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

Default value: row nowrap; See individual properties
Applies to: Flex containers
Inherited: No
Animatable: No. See animatable properties.
Version: New in CSS3


The syntax of the property is given with:

[ flex-direction flex-wrap ] | initial | inherit

The example below shows the flex-flow property in action.

.flex-container {
    /* Safari */
    display: -webkit-flex;
    -webkit-flex-flow: row-reverse wrap;
    /* Standard syntax */
    display: flex;
    flex-flow: row-reverse wrap;

Property Values

The following table describes the values of this property.

Value Description
flex-direction Specifies how flex items are placed in the flex container.
flex-wrap Specifies whether the flexible items should wrap or not.
initial Sets this property to its default value.
inherit If specified, the associated element takes the computed value of its parent element flex-flow property.

Browser Compatibility

The flex-flow property is supported in all major modern browsers.

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Basic Support—

  • Firefox 18+ -moz-, 28
  • Google Chrome 21+ -webkit-, 29
  • Internet Explorer 10+ -ms-, 11
  • Apple Safari 6.1+ -webkit-
  • Opera 12.1+

Further Reading

See tutorial on: CSS3 Multi-column Layouts.

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

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