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CSS3 order Property

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The order CSS property specifies the order in which a flex items are displayed and laid out within a flex container. Elements are laid out by ascending order of the order value. Elements with the same order value are laid out in the order they appear in the source code.

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

Default value: 0
Applies to: Flex items and absolutely-positioned children of flex containers
Inherited: No
Animatable: yes. See animatable properties.
Version: New in CSS3


The syntax of the property is given with:

integer | initial | inherit

The example below shows the order property in action.

.flex-container {
    border: 2px solid #000;
    display: -webkit-flex; /* Safari 6.1+ */
    display: flex;
.item1 {
    width: 100px;
    background: #ff80c0;
    -webkit-order: 2; /* Safari 6.1+ */
    order: 2;
.item2 {
    width: 100px;
    background: #8080ff;
    -webkit-order: 1; /* Safari 6.1+ */
    order: 1;
.item3 {
    width: 100px;

Property Values

The following table describes the values of this property.

Value Description
integer Specifies the order for the flexible item. The default value is 0.
initial Sets this property to its default value.
inherit If specified, the associated element takes the computed value of its parent element order property.

Browser Compatibility

The order 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 11+
  • Apple Safari 6.1+ -webkit-
  • Opera 12.1+

Further Reading

See tutorial on: CSS Fonts, CSS Units, CSS Pseudo-elements.

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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