flex-wrap

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The flex-wrap property is a sub-property of the Flexible Box Layout Module. It defines whether the flex items are forced in a single line or can be flowed into multiple lines. If set to multiple lines, it also defines the cross-axis which determines the direction new lines are stacked in, aiding responsiveness layout behavior without CSS media queries.

.flex-container {
  flex-wrap: wrap;
}

Reminder: The cross axis is the axis perpendicular to the main axis. Its direction depends on the main axis direction.

Syntax

flex-wrap: nowrap | wrap | wrap-reverse
  • Initial value: nowrap
  • Applies to: flex containers
  • Inherited: no
  • Computed value: as specified
  • Animation type: discrete

Values

flex-wrap: nowrap; /* Default value */
flex-wrap: wrap;
flex-wrap: wrap-reverse;

/* Global values */
flex-wrap: inherit;
flex-wrap: initial;
flex-wrap: revert;
flex-wrap: revert-layer;
flex-wrap: unset;
  • nowrap (default): single-line which may cause the container to overflow
  • wrap: multi-lines, direction is defined by flex-direction
  • wrap-reverse: multi-lines, opposite to direction defined by flex-direction

Demo

In the following demo:

  • The red list is set to nowrap
  • The yellow list is set to wrap
  • The blue list is set to wrap-reverse

The flex-direction is set to the default value: row.

Browser support

This browser support data is from Caniuse, which has more detail. A number indicates that browser supports the feature at that version and up.

Desktop

ChromeFirefoxIEEdgeSafari
21*2811126.1*

Mobile / Tablet

Android ChromeAndroid FirefoxAndroidiOS Safari
1091094.47.0-7.1*

For more informations about how to mix syntaxes in order to get the best browser support, please refer to our article on “Using Flexbox”.

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