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Equal Height Columns Using Flexbox

By admin on March 11th, 2015 in CSS3

Do you hate equal height columns? In the past they have been the bane of my existence. They columns need to be equal height? Let’s just redo the layout so they don’t haha. Rejoice Flexbox has arrived and we no longer need to fear the columns! Below is a simple explanation of how you can achieve this holy grail of web design techniques.

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We need to setup a simple set of divs. Create a wrapping div and give it a class of parent. Within that div create 3 more and give them a class of child. Within those divs, give each a different amount of copy.


.parent {
  display: flex;

.child {
  width: 200px;  /* Or whatever */
  flex: 1;
  background: #ccc;
  margin: 10px;

On the parent div we want to set the display property to flex which will initialize our collection of flexible columns. For the child divs we need to give them a width which can be whatever you want. The flex property should be set to 1. I’d recommend setting a background color so you can confirm that all the columns are the same height. Also add a little margin of 10px so there is some space between each column. That’s all you need to do. If you haven’t already take a look at the demo at

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