Flexbox Align Content: Examples

Flexbox Align Content: Examples

See the illustrations to finally understand the 'align-content' property

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Wesley (ByteGrad)
·Nov 11, 2021·

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Let's start with the default layout in Flexbox:

CSS Flexbox default layout.png

If we want to center all of these flex-items vertically, we can simply use align-items: center:

CSS Flexbox align items center.png

However, what happens if we have many more flex-items? Or flex-items that are much bigger? Then we probably want them to wrap onto new lines if they don't fit:

CSS Flexbox default layout with flex-wrap wrap.png

Now, how do we vertically center all flex-items properly like before?

We have to use align-content:

CSS Flexbox align content center.png

Conclusion: use align-items when you have just 1 row (or 1 column, in case you use flex-direction: column), use align-content when your flex-items have wrapped onto new lines so that you have more than 1 row or 1 column.

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