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The HTML <div> element is the generic container for flow content and does not inherently represent anything. Use it to group elements for purposes such as styling (using the class or id attributes), marking a section of a document in a different language (using the lang attribute), and so on.

Content categories Flow content, palpable content.
Permitted content Flow content.
Or (in WHATWG HTML): If the parent is a <dl> element: one or more <dt> elements followed by one or more <dd> elements, optionally intermixed with <script> and <template> elements.
Tag omission None, both the starting and ending tag are mandatory.
Permitted parents Any element that accepts flow content.
Or (in WHATWG HTML): <dl> element.
Permitted ARIA roles Any
DOM interface HTMLDivElement


This element includes the global attributes.

The align attribute is obsolete; do not use it anymore.

Usage notes

  • The <div> element should be used only when no other semantic element (such as <article> or <nav>) is appropriate.


  <p>Any kind of content here. Such as
  &lt;p&gt;, &lt;table&gt;. You name it!</p>


Any kind of content here. Such as <p>, <table>. You name it!


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<div>' in that specification.
Living Standard No changes since the latest snapshot
The definition of '<div>' in that specification.
Recommendation Obsoleted align
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<div>' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic Support (Yes) (Yes)1 (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
align (Yes) (Yes)1 (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
FeatureAndroidChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic Support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)1 (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
align (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)1 (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

See also

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