Sticky footers

A sticky footer pattern is one where the footer of your page "sticks" to the bottom of the viewport in cases where the content is shorter than the viewport height. We'll look at a couple of techniques for creating one in this recipe.

A sticky footer pushed to the bottom of a box

Requirements

The Sticky footer pattern needs to meet the following requirements:

  • Footer sticks to the bottom of the viewport when content is short.
  • If the content of the page extends past the viewport bottom, the footer then sits below the content as normal.

The recipe

Note: In this example and the following one we are using a wrapper set to min-height: 100% in order that our live example works. You could also achieve this for a full page by setting a min-height of 100vh on the <body> and then using it as your grid container.

Choices made

In the above example we achieve the sticky footer using CSS Grid Layout. The .wrapper has a minimum height of 100% which means it is as tall as the container it is in. We then create a single column grid layout with three rows, one row for each part of our layout.

Grid auto-placement will place our items in source order and so the header goes into the first auto sized track, the main content into the 1fr track and the footer into the final auto sized track. The 1fr track will take up all available space and so grows to fill the gap.

Alternate method

If you need compatibility with browsers that do not support Grid Layout you can also use Flexbox to create a sticky footer.

The flexbox example starts out in the same way, but we use display:flex rather than display:grid on the .wrapper; we also set flex-direction to column. Then we set our main content to flex-grow: 1 and the other two elements to flex-shrink: 0 — this prevents them from shrinking smaller when content fills the main area.

Browser compatibility

grid-template-rows

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support 57
Full support 57
Full support 29
Disabled
Disabled From version 29: this feature is behind the Enable experimental Web Platform features preference. To change preferences in Chrome, visit chrome://flags.
Edge Full support 16Firefox Full support 52
Full support 52
Full support 40
Disabled
Disabled From version 40: this feature is behind the layout.css.grid.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE No support NoOpera Full support 44
Full support 44
Full support 28
Disabled
Disabled From version 28: this feature is behind the Enable experimental Web Platform features preference.
Safari Full support 10.1WebView Android Full support 57Chrome Android Full support 57
Full support 57
Full support 29
Disabled
Disabled From version 29: this feature is behind the Enable experimental Web Platform features preference. To change preferences in Chrome, visit chrome://flags.
Edge Mobile Full support 16Firefox Android Full support 52
Full support 52
Full support 40
Disabled
Disabled From version 40: this feature is behind the layout.css.grid.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Opera Android Full support 44Safari iOS Full support 10.3Samsung Internet Android Full support 6.0
minmax()Chrome Full support 57
Full support 57
Full support 29
Disabled
Disabled From version 29: this feature is behind the Enable experimental Web Platform features preference. To change preferences in Chrome, visit chrome://flags.
Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 52
Full support 52
Full support 40
Disabled
Disabled From version 40: this feature is behind the layout.css.grid.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE ? Opera Full support 44
Full support 44
Full support 28
Disabled
Disabled From version 28: this feature is behind the Enable experimental Web Platform features preference.
Safari Full support 10.1WebView Android No support NoChrome Android ? Edge Mobile Full support 12Firefox Android Full support 52
Full support 52
Full support 40
Disabled
Disabled From version 40: this feature is behind the layout.css.grid.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Opera Android No support NoSafari iOS Full support 10.3Samsung Internet Android ?
repeat()Chrome Full support 57
Full support 57
Full support Yes
Disabled
Disabled This feature is behind the Enable experimental Web Platform features preference. To change preferences in Chrome, visit chrome://flags.
Edge Full support 16Firefox Full support 52
Notes
Full support 52
Notes
Notes calc() doesn't work in repeat() (see bug 1350069).
Full support Yes
Disabled
Disabled This feature is behind the layout.css.grid.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE No support NoOpera Full support 44
Full support 44
Full support Yes
Disabled
Disabled This feature is behind the Enable experimental Web Platform features preference.
Safari Full support 10.1WebView Android ? Chrome Android ? Edge Mobile No support NoFirefox Android Full support 52
Notes
Full support 52
Notes
Notes calc() doesn't work in repeat() (see bug 1350069).
Full support Yes
Disabled
Disabled This feature is behind the layout.css.grid.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Opera Android ? Safari iOS Full support 10.3Samsung Internet Android ?
fit-content()Chrome Full support 29Edge Full support 16Firefox Full support 51IE No support NoOpera Full support 44Safari Full support 10.1WebView Android Full support 57Chrome Android Full support 57Edge Mobile Full support 16Firefox Android Full support 51Opera Android Full support 44Safari iOS Full support 10.3Samsung Internet Android Full support 7.0

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Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
Compatibility unknown  
Compatibility unknown
See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
User must explicitly enable this feature.

flex-direction

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support 29
Full support 29
Full support 21
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Edge Full support 12
Full support 12
Full support 12
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Firefox Full support 20
Notes
Full support 20
Notes
Notes Since Firefox 28, multi-line flexbox is supported.
No support 18 — 20
Disabled
Disabled From version 18 until version 20 (exclusive): this feature is behind the layout.css.flexbox.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Full support 49
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Full support 44
Prefixed Disabled
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Disabled From version 44: this feature is behind the layout.css.prefixes.webkit preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE Full support 11
Full support 11
Full support 10
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -ms-
Opera Full support 12.1
Full support 12.1
Full support 15
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Safari Full support 9
Full support 9
Full support 7
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
WebView Android Full support 4.4
Full support 4.4
Full support Yes
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Chrome Android Full support 29
Full support 29
Full support 25
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Edge Mobile Full support Yes
Full support Yes
Full support Yes
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Firefox Android ? Opera Android Full support 12.1
Full support 12.1
Full support 15
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?

Legend

Full support  
Full support
Compatibility unknown  
Compatibility unknown
See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
Requires a vendor prefix or different name for use.
Requires a vendor prefix or different name for use.

flex-grow

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support 29
Full support 29
Full support 21
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Edge Full support 12
Full support 12
Full support 12
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Firefox Full support 20
Notes
Full support 20
Notes
Notes Since Firefox 28, multi-line flexbox is supported.
No support 18 — 20
Disabled
Disabled From version 18 until version 20 (exclusive): this feature is behind the layout.css.flexbox.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE Full support 11
Full support 11
Full support 10
Alternate Name
Alternate Name Uses the non-standard name: -ms-flex-positive
Opera Full support 12.1
Full support 12.1
Full support 15
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Safari Full support 6.1
Prefixed
Full support 6.1
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
WebView Android Full support 4.4
Full support 4.4
Full support Yes
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Chrome Android Full support 29
Full support 29
Full support 25
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Edge Mobile Full support Yes
Full support Yes
Full support Yes
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Firefox Android Full support 20
Notes
Full support 20
Notes
Notes Since Firefox 28, multi-line flexbox is supported.
No support 18 — 20
Disabled
Disabled From version 18 until version 20 (exclusive): this feature is behind the layout.css.flexbox.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Opera Android Full support 12.1
Full support 12.1
Full support 15
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
<0 animate
Non-standard
Chrome Full support 49Edge ? Firefox Full support 32
Notes
Full support 32
Notes
Notes Before Firefox 32, Firefox wasn't able to animate values starting or stopping at 0.
IE ? Opera No support NoSafari No support NoWebView Android ? Chrome Android ? Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 32
Notes
Full support 32
Notes
Notes Before Firefox 32, Firefox wasn't able to animate values starting or stopping at 0.
Opera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android ?

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Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
Compatibility unknown  
Compatibility unknown
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
Uses a non-standard name.
Uses a non-standard name.
Requires a vendor prefix or different name for use.
Requires a vendor prefix or different name for use.

flex-shrink

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support 29
Full support 29
Full support 21
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Edge Full support 12
Full support 12
Full support 12
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Firefox Full support 20
Notes
Full support 20
Notes
Notes Since Firefox 28, multi-line flexbox is supported.
Notes Before Firefox 32, Firefox wasn't able to animate values starting or stopping at 0.
Full support 49
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Full support 44
Prefixed Disabled
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Disabled From version 44: this feature is behind the layout.css.prefixes.webkit preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
No support 18 — 20
Disabled
Disabled From version 18 until version 20 (exclusive): this feature is behind the layout.css.flexbox.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE Full support 10
Notes
Full support 10
Notes
Notes Internet Explorer 10 uses 0 instead of 1 as the initial value for the flex-shrink property. A workaround is to always set an explicit value for flex-shrink. See Flexbug #6 for more info.
Opera Full support 12.1
Full support 12.1
Full support 15
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Safari Full support 8
Prefixed
Full support 8
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
WebView Android Full support 4.4
Full support 4.4
Full support Yes
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Chrome Android Full support 29
Full support 29
Full support 25
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Edge Mobile Full support Yes
Full support Yes
Full support Yes
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Firefox Android Full support 20
Notes
Full support 20
Notes
Notes Since Firefox 28, multi-line flexbox is supported.
Notes Before Firefox 32, Firefox wasn't able to animate values starting or stopping at 0.
Full support 49
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Full support 44
Prefixed Disabled
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Disabled From version 44: this feature is behind the layout.css.prefixes.webkit preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
No support 18 — 20
Disabled
Disabled From version 18 until version 20 (exclusive): this feature is behind the layout.css.flexbox.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Opera Android Full support 12.1
Full support 12.1
Full support 15
Prefixed
Prefixed Requires the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?

Legend

Full support  
Full support
Compatibility unknown  
Compatibility unknown
See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
Requires a vendor prefix or different name for use.
Requires a vendor prefix or different name for use.

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