How To Center With CSS

Centering with CSS is actually more difficult than one might think. Here are some different ways to center your elements within a container with CSS and HTML


HTML

The basic HTML should look like this.

<div class="parent">
    <div class="child"></div>
</div>

Below are many different methods to center your content with CSS.

Flexbox

.parent {
    display: flex;
    align-items: center;
    justify-content: center;
}

Position

.parent {
    position: relative;
}
.child {
    position: absolute;
    top: 50%;
    left: 50%;
    transform: translate(-50%, -50%);
}

Grid

.parent {
    display: grid;
    justify-content: center;
    align-items: center;
}

Table

.parent {
    display: table;
    width: 100px;
    height: 100px;
}
.child {
    display: table-cell;
    vertical-align: middle;
    width: 50px;
    height: 50px;
    text-align: center;
}

Text align

.parent {
    display: block;
    text-align: center;
}
.child {
    display: inline-block; //key point
}

Auto margin

.child {
    width: 50%;
    margin: 0 auto;
}