max-content

The max-content sizing keyword represents the intrinsic maximum width of the content. For text content this means that the content will not wrap at all even if it causes overflows.

Syntax

/* Used as a length */
width: max-content;
inline-size: max-content;
height: max-content;
block-size: max-content;

/* used in grid tracks */
grid-template-columns: 200px 1fr max-content;

Examples

Using max-content for box sizing

HTML

<div id="container">
  <div class="item">Item</div>
  <div class="item">Item with more text in it which will overflow the fixed width box.</div>
</div>

CSS

#container {
  background-color: #8cffa0; 
  padding: 10px;
  width: 200px;
}

.item {
  width: max-content;
  background-color: #8ca0ff;
  padding: 5px;
  margin-bottom: 1em;
}

Result

Sizing grid columns with max-content

HTML

<div id="container">
  <div>Item</div>
  <div>
    Item with more text in it. 
  </div>
  <div>Flexible item</div>
</div>

CSS

#container {
  display: grid;
  grid-template-columns: max-content max-content 1fr;
  grid-gap: 5px;
  box-sizing: border-box;
  height: 200px;
  width: 100%;
  background-color: #8cffa0;
  padding: 10px;
}

#container > div {
  background-color: #8ca0ff;
  padding: 5px;
}

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Box Sizing Module Level 3
The definition of 'max-content' in that specification.
Working Draft Defines the keyword as laid out box size for width, height, min-width, min-height, max-width and max-height.
CSS Grid Layout
The definition of 'max-content' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Defines the keyword when used as a track size.

Browser compatibility

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Supported for width (and other sizing properties)

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
max-contentChrome Full support 46
Full support 46
Full support 22
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Edge Full support 79
Full support 79
Full support 79
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Firefox Full support 66
Full support 66
Full support 3
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -moz-
IE No support NoOpera Full support 44Safari Full support 11
Full support 11
Full support 2
Alternate Name
Alternate Name Uses the non-standard name: intrinsic
WebView Android Full support 46Chrome Android Full support 46Firefox Android Full support 66
Full support 66
Full support 4
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -moz-
Opera Android Full support 43Safari iOS Full support 11
Full support 11
Full support 1
Alternate Name
Alternate Name Uses the non-standard name: intrinsic
Samsung Internet Android Full support 5.0

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See also