Aligning Last Item to the Bottom of a Container in Flexbox

In a column based Flexbox layout you may want the last item to align to the bottom of the parent container – something you can achieve with the margin property – consider a simple column  layout but it is in a row of similar items but with varying amounts of text.

The ordered list has its initial layout controlled by a row flexbox layout and the list items are controlled by a column flexbox layout.

Containing ul tag flexbox CSS is…

ul {
 display: flex;
 flex-flow: row wrap;
 justify-content: flex-start;
}

Markup for the list item is…

<li>
 <h3>Initial Consultation</h3>
 <p class="price"><sup>$</sup>100</p>
 <p class="details">Private health rebates apply.</p>
 <a class="button" href=""><p>Buy Now</p></a>
</li>

The Flexbox CSS for the li tag is…

li {
 display: flex;
 flex-flow: column nowrap;
}

This gives us…

flexbox-last-item

The alignment of items by default is flex-start but in this case this leaves the end of the box uneven, the closest alignment value would be space-between but this would also have layout issues, what you can to to force the last item to the bottom is to use margin-top:auto on it.

.button {
margin-top:auto;
}

Giving us…

flexbox-last-item-margin-top

Ref

Working example

11 Comments

  1. Paul on May 22, 2019 at 9:32 am

    save my day. It is weird why I couldn’t do with:
    – set flex-direction column to parent
    – set a max-height for child (otherwise, with flex, that would grow)
    – set align-self to bottom of child

  2. Tarik on March 21, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Thank you so much.

  3. Panda on May 10, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    It can be done by flex: auto; and flex: none;
    Set details with flex: auto; and the rest with flex: none. It should works too :)
    Anyway margint-top is a nice trick.

  4. AshLingua on April 23, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    thanks for this! I was stuck trying to figure this out

  5. Justin on December 11, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    The working example link no longer works. Can you please repost it? Does this solution work in IE11?

  6. Eo on December 10, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Awesome!
    Just in case someone needs a reference (http://jsbin.com/najodugoce/edit?html,css,output)

  7. DC on March 3, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Dude you are awesome!

  8. Kerry on February 19, 2017 at 6:03 am

    do you have a codepen for this?

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