The align-content property is a sub-property of the Flexible Box Layout module.

It helps aligning a flex container's lines within it when there is extra space in the cross-axis, similar to how justify-content aligns individual items within the main-axis.

Note, this property has no effect when the flexbox has only a single line.

The align-content property accepts 6 different values:

  • flex-start: lines packed to the start of the container
  • flex-end: lines packed to the end of the container
  • center: lines packed to the center of the container
  • space-between: lines evenly distributed; the first line is at the start of the container while the last one is at the end
  • space-around: lines evenly distributed with equal space between them
  • stretch (default): lines stretch to take up the remaining space

The following figure helps understand how the lines are stacked up in a flex container depending on the align-content value:



align-content: flex-start | flex-end | center | space-between | space-around | stretch

.flex-container {
  align-content: space-around;


The following demo shows how lines are stacked out depending on the `align-content` value:

  • The red list is set to flex-start
  • The yellow list is set to flex-end
  • The blue list is set to center
  • The green list is set to space-between
  • The pink list is set to space-around
  • The brown list is set to stretch
Check out this Pen!

Related Properties

Other Resources

Browser Support

  • (modern) means the recent syntax from the specification (e.g. display: flex;)
  • (hybrid) means an odd unofficial syntax from 2011 (e.g. display: flexbox;)
  • (old) means the old syntax from 2009 (e.g. display: box;)
Chrome Safari Firefox Opera IE Android iOS
21+ (modern)
20- (old)
3.1+ (old) 2-21 (old)
22+ (new)
12.1+ (modern) 10+ (hybrid) 2.1+ (old) 3.2+ (old)

Blackberry browser 10+ supports the new syntax.

For more informations about how to mix syntaxes in order to get the best browser support, please refer to this article (CSS-Tricks) or this article (DevOpera).


  1. User Avatar
    Permalink to comment#

    I’m viewing this page on firefox 22.0 and the demo does not work.

  2. User Avatar

    It is not working on firefox 29.0

  3. User Avatar
    Permalink to comment#

    Issue in IE with Felx, Image get stretches height and not equally distributed, check the example link

  4. User Avatar
    Saadat M
    Permalink to comment#

    Typo in Other Resources: Instead of align-items in the spec and align-items at MDN, it should be align-content in the spec and align-content at MDN. :-)

Leave a Comment

Posting Code!

You may write comments in Markdown. This makes code easy to post, as you can write inline code like `<div>this</div>` or multiline blocks of code in triple backtick fences (```) with double new lines before and after.

Code of Conduct

Absolutely anyone is welcome to submit a comment here. But not all comments will be posted. Think of it like writing a letter to the editor. All submitted comments will be read, but not all published. Published comments will be on-topic, helpful, and further the discussion or debate.

Want to tell us something privately?

Feel free to use our contact form. That's a great place to let us know about typos or anything off-topic.