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The flex-flow CSS property is a shorthand property for flex-direction and flex-wrap individual properties.

/* flex-flow: <'flex-direction'> */
flex-flow: row;
flex-flow: row-reverse;
flex-flow: column;
flex-flow: column-reverse;

/* flex-flow: <'flex-wrap'> */
flex-flow: nowrap;
flex-flow: wrap;
flex-flow: wrap-reverse;

/* flex-flow: <'flex-direction'> and <'flex-wrap'> */
flex-flow: row nowrap;
flex-flow: column wrap;
flex-flow: column-reverse wrap-reverse;

/* Global values */
flex-flow: inherit;
flex-flow: initial;
flex-flow: unset;

Initial valueas each of the properties of the shorthand:
Applies toflex containers
Computed valueas each of the properties of the shorthand:
Animation typediscrete
Canonical orderorder of appearance in the formal grammar of the values

See Using CSS flexible boxes for more properties and information.



See flex-direction and flex-wrap for details on the values.

Formal syntax

<'flex-direction'> || <'flex-wrap'>


element { 
  /* Main-axis is the block direction with reversed main-start and main-end. Flex items are laid out in multiple lines */
  flex-flow: column-reverse wrap;            


Specification Status Comment
CSS Flexible Box Layout Module
The definition of 'flex-flow' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Firefox (Gecko) Chrome Edge Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 28.0[1] 21.0-webkit
11 12.10 6.1-webkit
Feature Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Android Edge IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 28.0[1] ? (Yes)-webkit
11 12.10 7.1-webkit

[1] In addition to the unprefixed support, Gecko 48.0 (Firefox 48.0 / Thunderbird 48.0 / SeaMonkey 2.45) added support for a -webkit prefixed version of the property for web compatibility reasons behind the preference layout.css.prefixes.webkit, defaulting to false. Since Gecko 49.0 (Firefox 49.0 / Thunderbird 49.0 / SeaMonkey 2.46) the preference defaults to true.

See also

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