How to justify a single flexbox item (override justify-content)


You can override align-items with align-self for a flex item. I am looking for a way to override justify-content for a flex item.

If you had a flexbox container with justify-content:flex-end, but you want the first item to be justify-content: flex-start, how could that be done?

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~ Asked on 2014-05-13 01:55:25

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There doesn't seem to be justify-self, but you can achieve similar result setting appropriate margin to auto¹. E. g. for flex-direction: row (default) you should set margin-right: auto to align the child to the left.

.container {_x000D_
  height: 100px;_x000D_
  border: solid 10px skyblue;_x000D_
  display: flex;_x000D_
  justify-content: flex-end;_x000D_
.block {_x000D_
  width: 50px;_x000D_
  background: tomato;_x000D_
.justify-start {_x000D_
  margin-right: auto;_x000D_
<div class="container">_x000D_
  <div class="block justify-start"></div>_x000D_
  <div class="block"></div>_x000D_

¹ This behaviour is defined by the Flexbox spec.

~ Answered on 2015-12-03 10:42:03


AFAIK there is no property for that in the specs, but here is a trick I’ve been using: set the container element ( the one with display:flex ) to justify-content:space-around Then add an extra element between the first and second item and set it to flex-grow:10 (or some other value that works with your setup)

Edit: if the items are tightly aligned it's a good idea to add flex-shrink: 10; to the extra element as well, so the layout will be properly responsive on smaller devices.

~ Answered on 2014-09-24 10:42:37

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