Baseline Widely available

This feature is well established and works across many devices and browser versions. It’s been available across browsers since September 2020.

The order CSS property sets the order to lay out an item in a flex or grid container. Items in a container are sorted by ascending order value and then by their source code order. Items not given an explicit order value are assigned the default value of 0.

Try it

In the above demo, select the options on the left-hand side to change the value of the purple box's order property. The blue boxes have been given fixed order values.

Bear in mind the effect of source order. When order: 2; is selected for example, the purple box is placed before the two blue boxes with order: 2;. This is because the purple box appears before the blue boxes in the source code.


/* <integer> values */
order: 5;
order: -5;

/* Global values */
order: inherit;
order: initial;
order: revert;
order: revert-layer;
order: unset;

Since order is only meant to affect the visual order of elements and not their logical or tab order. order must not be used on non-visual media such as speech.



Represents the ordinal group to be used by the item.

Accessibility concerns

Using the order property will create a disconnect between the visual presentation of content and DOM order. This will adversely affect users experiencing low vision navigating with the aid of assistive technology such as a screen reader. If the visual (css) order is important, then screen reader users will not have access to the correct reading order.

Formal definition

Initial value0
Applies toFlex items, grid items, and absolutely-positioned flex and grid container children
Computed valueas specified
Animation typean integer

Formal syntax

order = 


Ordering items in a flex container

This example uses CSS to create a classic two-sidebar layout surrounding a content block. The Flexible Box Layout Module automatically creates blocks of equal vertical size and uses as much horizontal space as available.




main {
  display: flex;
  text-align: center;
main > article {
  flex: 1;
  order: 2;
main > nav {
  width: 200px;
  order: 1;
main > aside {
  width: 200px;
  order: 3;



CSS Display Module Level 3
# order-property

Browser compatibility

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See also