Flexbox Layout Examples: Most Common Layouts
The layouts you will use 99% of the time in CSS
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This is the default layout in Flexbox:
display: flex on an element. This makes that element the so-called flex-container and its direct child elements the so-called flex-items.
The flex-items are laid out horizontally next to each other, starting from the top-left corner.
Sometimes this is all you need.
However, let's say we want to position these flex-items differently. We have 2 major options: we can position them along the horizontal axis or the vertical axis.
To position the flex-items along the horizontal axis, use
flex-end has better browser support at time of writing, but is being phased out in favor of
end. This is because Flexbox and CSS Grid properties are being harmonized, so we can use the same properties in both systems. That's why the 'flex-' and 'grid-' prefixes are being dropped.
We can also align the flex-items vertically with
With Flexbox, the flex-items are always laid out along 1 direction: horizontal (row) or vertical (column). The default is horizontal (row).
However, sometimes we want it to be vertical (column):
When you do that, the
justify-content properties 'flip', so now
justify-content works for the vertical axis and
align-items for the horizontal axis:
Sometimes, we only want to position 1 flex-item in a certain way, not all flex-items. We can do that by selecting that individual flex-item and using
align-self instead of
For the other axis, there is no
justify-self. Instead we should use
Here, margin will take up all the space left to the flex-item, pushing the flex-item itself all the way to the right.
Sometimes, you will have more flex-items than here or just a few very large ones. In that case, they may overflow the container or stretch the container out. Instead of that, you probably want them to wrap onto a new line if they don't fit.
flex-wrap: wrap to do that:
Here we have multiple rows now. If we want to center all of this vertically like before, we now have to use
align-content instead of
align-items when you have 1 row or column, use
align-content when you have multiple rows or columns (after wrapping).
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