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The CSS Flex-Wrap Property

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Published Sep 25, 2019
Updated Oct 1, 2019

Explaining CSS flex wrapping

The CSS flex-wrap property specifies the placement of flex items in the lines of the flex container:

Example
#first { 
  display: -webkit-flex; /* Safari */ 
  -webkit-flex-wrap: nowrap; /* Safari 6.1+ */ 
  display: flex; 
  flex-wrap: nowrap; 
} 

#second { 
  display: -webkit-flex; /* Safari */ 
  -webkit-flex-wrap: wrap; /* Safari 6.1+ */ 
  display: flex; 
  flex-wrap: wrap; 
}

Syntax for flex-wrap

To use the flex-wrap property, you need to define one of the three available values:

flex wrap: value;

See all the values explained in the table below.

Value Syntax Meaning
nowrap flex-wrap: nowrap; The default value. All the items are placed in one value, even if they don't fit within the container borders
wrap flex-wrap: wrap; The items are wrapped in several lines to fit within the container borders.
The direction depends on the value of flex-direction
wrap-reverse flex-wrap: wrap-reserve; The items are wrapped in several lines to fit within the container borders.
The direction is opposite to the value of flex-direction

Browser support

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Chrome
29+
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Edge
12+
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Firefox
28+
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IE
11+
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Opera
17+
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Safari
9+

Mobile browser support

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Chrome
29+
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Firefox
52+
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Opera
18+
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Safari
9+