Absolute Centering a DIV with CSS Only

Published in: CSS

Use this snippet to position a div at the absolute center of your browser window, both horizontally and vertically. Replace the is-Fixed class with is-Responsive for responsive web design. The snippet was originally shared on CodePen.

<div class="Center-Container">
 <div class="Absolute-Center is-Fixed">

Absolute Centering
.Absolute-Center {
 height: 50%; /* Set your own height: percents, ems, whatever! */
 width: 50%; /* Set your own width: percents, ems, whatever! */
 overflow: auto; /* Recommended in case content is larger than the container */
 margin: auto; /* Center the item vertically & horizontally */
 position: absolute; /* Break it out of the regular flow */
 top: 0; left: 0; bottom: 0; right: 0; /* Set the bounds in which to center it, relative to its parent/container */
 background-color: #000;

/* //////////////////////////////////////// */
/* Make sure our center blocks stay in their container! */
.Center-Container { position: relative; }

/* //////////////////////////////////////// */
/* Fixed floating element within viewport */
.Absolute-Center.is-Fixed {
 position: fixed;
 z-index: 999;

/* //////////////////////////////////////// */
/* Min/Max Width */
.Absolute-Center.is-Responsive {
 width: 60%;
 height: 60%;
 min-width: 200px;
 max-width: 400px;
 padding: 40px;
Published in: CSS

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