Horizontally center a div within a div using CSS style

Horizontally center a div

Sometimes we need to horizontally center a div that is within another div using CSS that make the inner element center horizontally.

In that case, you don’t have to set the width to 50%. So, any width which is less than the containing div will work.

Let’s see how to horizontally center a div.

For example, you have the following HTML:

<div id="outerDiv" style="width: 100%">
<div id="innerDiv">Content goes here...</div>
</div>

Apply this CSS to the inner div:

#innerDiv {
width: 50%;
margin: 0 auto;
}

The margin: 0 auto is what does the actual centering.

#outerDiv {
width: 100%;
text-align: center;
}

That makes the inner div centered with text-align.

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If you are targeting IE8+, then you can use this instead:

#innerDiv {
display: table;
margin: 0 auto;
}

This will make the inner element center horizontally without setting a specific width.

Using box model:

#outerDiv{
width:100%;

/* Firefox */
display:-moz-box;
-moz-box-pack:center;
-moz-box-align:center;

/* Safari and Chrome */
display:-webkit-box;
-webkit-box-pack:center;
-webkit-box-align:center;

/* W3C */
display:box;
box-pack:center;
box-align:center;
}
#innerDiv{
width:50%;
}

If you are targeting IE8+, this might be better to have this instead:

#innerDiv {
display: table;
margin: 0 auto;
}

This will make the inner element center horizontally and this works also without setting a specific width.

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