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The HTML <div> element (or HTML Document Division Element) is the generic container for flow content, which does not inherently represent anything. It can be used to group elements for styling purposes (using the class or id attributes), or because they share attribute values, such as lang. It should be used only when no other semantic element (such as <article> or <nav>) is appropriate.

Content categories Flow content, palpable content.
Permitted content Flow content.
Tag omission None, both the starting and ending tag are mandatory.
Permitted parent elements Any element that accepts flow content.
DOM interface HTMLDivElement

Attributes

This element includes the global attributes.

The align attribute is obsolete; do not use it anymore.

Examples

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

Result

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

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<div>' in that specification.
Living Standard No changes since the latest snapshot
HTML5
The definition of '<div>' in that specification.
Recommendation Obsoleted align
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<div>' in that specification.
Recommendation  

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 1.0 (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

See also

 

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