I'm trying to make a small username and password input box.

I would like to ask, how do you vertically align a div?

What I have is:

<div id="Login" class="BlackStrip floatright">
   <div id="Username" class="floatleft">Username<br>Password</div>
   <div id="Form" class="floatleft">
   <form action="" method="post">
      <input type="text" border="0"><br>
      <input type="password" border="0">

How can I make the div with id Username and Form to vertically align itself to the center? I've tried to put:

vertical-align: middle;

in CSS for the div with id Login, but it doesn't seem to work. Any help would be appreciated.

Solution 1

The best approach in modern browsers is to use flexbox:

#Login {
    display: flex;
    align-items: center;

Some browsers will need vendor prefixes. For older browsers without flexbox support (e.g. IE 9 and lower), you'll need to implement a fallback solution using one of the older methods.

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Solution 2

This can be done with 3 lines of CSS and is compatible back to (and including) IE9:

.element {
  position: relative;
  top: 50%;
  transform: translateY(-50%);

Example: http://jsfiddle.net/cas07zq8/


Solution 3

You can vertically align a div in another div. See this example on JSFiddle or consider the example below.


<div class="outerDiv">
    <div class="innerDiv"> My Vertical Div </div>


.outerDiv {
    display: inline-flex;  // <-- This is responsible for vertical alignment
    height: 400px;
    background-color: red;
    color: white;

.innerDiv {
    margin: auto 5px;   // <-- This is responsible for vertical alignment
    background-color: green;   

The .innerDiv's margin must be in this format: margin: auto *px;

[Where, * is your desired value.]

display: inline-flex is supported in the latest (updated/current version) browsers with HTML5 support.

It may not work in Internet Explorer :P :)

Always try to define a height for any vertically aligned div (i.e. innerDiv) to counter compatibility issues.

Solution 4

I'm pretty late to the party, but I came up with this myself and it's one of my favorite quick hacks for vertical alignment. It's crazy simple, and easy to understand what's going on.

You use the :before css attribute to insert a div into the beginning of the parent div, give it display:inline-block and vertical-align:middle and then give those same properties to the child div. Since vertical-align is for alignment along a line, those inline divs will be considered a line.

Make the :before div height:100%, and the child div will automatically follow and align in the middle of a very tall "line."

.parent:before, .child {
.parent:before {
    content:""; // so that it shows up
    height:100%; // so it takes up the full height

Here's a fiddle to demonstrate what I'm talking about. The child div can be any height, and you never have to modify its margins/paddings.
And here's a more explanatory fiddle.

If you're not fond of :before, you can always manually put in a div.

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

And then just reassign .parent:before to .parent .before

Solution 5

If you know the height, you can use absolute positioning with a negative margin-top like so:

#Login {
    margin-left:-200px; /* width / -2 */
    margin-top:-200px; /* height / -2 */

Otherwise, there's no real way to vertically center a div with just CSS

Solution 6

In my firefox and chrome work this:


display: flex;
justify-content: center;     // vertical align
align-items: center;         // horizontal align

Solution 7

I found this site useful: http://www.vanseodesign.com/css/vertical-centering/ This worked for me:


<div id="parent">
    <div id="child">Content here</div>


#parent {
    padding: 5% 0;

#child {
    padding: 10% 0;

Solution 8

@GáborNagy's comment on another post was the simplest solution I could find and worked like a charm for me, since he brought a jsfiddle I'm copying it here with a small addition:


#wrapper {
    display: table;
    height: 150px;
    width: 800px;
    border: 1px solid red;

#cell {
    display: table-cell;
    vertical-align: middle;


<div id="wrapper">
    <div id="cell">
        <div class="content">
            Content goes here

If you wish to also align it horizontally you'd have to add another div "inner-cell" inside the "cell" div, and give it this style:

      width: 250px;
      display: block;
      margin: 0 auto;

Solution 9

Vertically aligning has always been tricky.

Here I have covered up some method of vertically aligning a div.



<div style="display:flex;">

<div class="container table">
<div class="tableCell">
<div class="content"><em>Table</em> method</div>

<div class="container flex">
<div class="content new"><em>Flex</em> method<br></div>

<div class="container relative">
<div class="content"><em>Position</em> method</div>

<div class="container margin">
<div class="content"><em>Margin</em> method</div>



em{font-style: normal;font-weight: bold;}
.container {
    margin: 5px; text-align: center;
    width:100px; height: 100px;background:#37a;margin:auto;color: #fff;
.table{display: table;}
.table > div{display: table-cell;height: 100%;width: 100%;vertical-align: middle;}
.flex{display: flex;}
.relative{position: relative;}
.relative > div {position: absolute;top: 0;left: 0;right: 0;bottom: 0;}
.margin > div {position:relative; margin-top: 50%;top: -50px;}

Solution 10


Unless the aligned div has fixed height, try using the following CSS to the aligned div:

  margin: auto;
  position: absolute;
  top: 0;
  left: 0;
  bottom: 0;
  right: 0;
  display: table;

Solution 11

I needed to specify min-height

    display: flex
    align-items: center
    justify-content: center
    min-height: 16em

Solution 12

if you are using fix height div than you can use padding-top according your design need. or you can use top:50%. if we are using div than vertical align does not work so we use padding top or position according need.

Solution 13

Centering the child elements in a div. It works for all screen sizes

#parent {
    padding: 5% 0;

#child {
    padding: 10% 0;

<div id="parent">
    <div id="child">Content here</div>

for more details, you can visit to this link

Solution 14

simplest way to center your div element is to use this class with following properties.

.light {
    margin: auto;
    width: 50%;
    border: 3px solid green;
    padding: 10px;

Solution 15

I found a way that works great for me. The next script inserts an invisible image (same as bgcolor or a transparant gif) with height equal to half the size of the white-space on the screen. The effect is a perfect vertical-alignment.

Say you have a header div (height=100) and a footer div (height=50) and the content in the main div that you would like to align has a height of 300:

<script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8">
var screen = window.innerHeight;
var content = 150 + 300;
var imgheight = ( screen - content) / 2 ;
document.write("<img src='empty.jpg' height='" + imgheight + "'>"); 

You place the script just before the content that you want to align!

In my case the content I liked to align was an image (width=95%) with an aspect ratio of 100:85 (width:height).Meaning the height of the image is 85% of it's width. And the Width being 95% of the screenwidth.

I therefore used:

var content = 150 + ( 0.85 * ( 0.95 * window.innerWidth ));

Combine this script with

<body onResize="window.location.href = window.location.href;">

and you have a smooth vertical alignment.

Hope this works for you too!

Solution 16

have you try this one?

.parentdiv {
 margin: auto;
 position: absolute;
 top: 0; left: 0; bottom: 0; right: 0;
 height: 300px; // at least you have to specify height

hope this helps

Solution 17

divs can't be vertically aligned that way, you can however use margins or position:relative to modify its location.