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The CSS Flex-Direction Property

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Published Aug 8, 2017
Updated Oct 15, 2019

Understanding CSS flex direction

The CSS flex-direction property allows you to modify item placement in the flex container:

Example
div {
    display: -webkit-flex; /* Safari */
    -webkit-flex-direction: column-reverse; /* Safari 6.1 and newer */
    display: flex;
    flex-direction: column-reverse;   
}

Syntax requirements

The syntax for CSS flex-direction is simple, as you only need to define one out of four available values:

flex-direction: value;

You can see the choice of values in the table below.

CSS flex-direction property values

Value Description
row The default value. Items form a row along the flex container's main axis
row-reverse Items form a row along the flex container's main axis, but the direction is reversed
column Items form a column along the flex container's block axis
column-reverse Items form a column along the flex container's block axis, but the direction is reversed

Browser support

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Chrome
29+
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Edge
12+
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Firefox
20+
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IE
11+
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Opera
12.1+
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Safari
9+

Mobile browser support

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Chrome
29+
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Firefox
20+
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Opera
12.1+
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Safari
9+