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CSS - center child element vertically using flexbox (row direction)

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In this article, we would like to show you how in CSS, center an element vertically using flexbox when elements are ordered in the row direction (by default flex uses flex-direction: row; so it is not needed to add it).

Quick solution:

.container {
  display: flex;
  align-items: center;
}

Screenshot:

Center content element vertically using flexbox in row direction - CSS
Center content element vertically using flexbox in row direction - CSS

 

Practical example

In this example, we're using a flexbox with the align-items property to vertically center the item inside the flex container.

// ONLINE-RUNNER:browser;

<!doctype html>
<html>
  <head>
    <style>

      .container {
          width: 200px;
          height: 200px;
          background: #3085d6;
          border-radius: 10px;
          box-shadow: 5px 5px 15px gray;
        
          display: flex;        /*  <----- required   */
          align-items: center;  /*  <----- required   */
      }

      .item {
          width: 50px;
          height: 50px;
          background: #ffc353;
          border: 1px solid black;
          border-radius: 5px;
      }

    </style>
  </head>
  <body>
    <div class="container">
      <div class="item"></div>
    </div>
  </body>
</html>

Multiple items

// ONLINE-RUNNER:browser;

<!doctype html>
<html>
  <head>
    <style>

      .container {
          border-radius: 10px;
          background: #3085d6;
          width: 200px;
          height: 200px;
          box-shadow: 5px 5px 15px gray;
        
          display: flex;        /*  <----- required   */
          align-items: center;  /*  <----- required   */
      }

      .item {
          margin: 2px;
          border: 1px solid black;
          border-radius: 5px;
          background: #ffc353;
          width: 50px;
          height: 50px;
      }

    </style>
  </head>
  <body>
    <div class="container">
      <div class="item"></div>
      <div class="item"></div>
      <div class="item"></div>
      <div class="item"></div>
    </div>
  </body>
</html>

CSS - Flexbox

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