Centering Elements in CSS with Tailwind

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Tailwind is an increasingly popular and widely used framework, which makes it easier in some cases to build and ship features and products. In this guide, we’ll be covering how you can vertically and horizontally center an element or text with tailwind.

In another article, I’ve already covered how to center an HTML element both horizontally and vertically using CSS. If you want to learn about that, click here.

Horizontally and Vertically center an element with Tailwind

Horizontally and vertically centering something with Tailwind is easy with flexbox. All we have to do is three things:

  • use h-screen to make the element the height of the screen
  • use flex to make the element a flexbox
  • use items-center to vertically center it
  • use justify-center to center it horizontally

Our code then looks like this:

<div class="h-screen flex items-center justify-center"> Horizontally and Vertically Centered Element </div>

Which produces a result like this:

See the Pen Horizontally and vertically centering with Tailwind by smpnjn (@smpnjn) on CodePen.

Vertically centering an element with Tailwind

The easiest way to vertically center something is to do what we did before, and use flexbox. This time, though, we’ll remove justify-center. The item will then be centered only along the vertical axis.

<div class="h-screen flex items-center"> Vertically Centered Element </div>

You can see an example of this in the codepen below:

See the Pen Untitled by smpnjn (@smpnjn) on CodePen.

Horizontally centering an element with Tailwind

In the same way that we vertically centered the div above, we can also horizontally center using our previous approach. The code for that looks like this:

<div class="flex justify-center items-center"> Horizontally Centered Element </div>

This is the same code we used for horizontally and vertically centering, just without h-screen. Here’s the result:

See the Pen Horizontally Center TailWind by smpnjn (@smpnjn) on CodePen.


Centering elements with flexbox is easy in Tailwind. In this guide, we’ve learned how to vertically and horizontally center elements including HTML elements and text - which is infinitely useful in web development.

To learn more about CSS in general, you can find my other content here.

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