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gap (grid-gap)


The gap property (or grid-gap for older browsers) is a shorthand property that allows you to specify the gap between rows and columns in a CSS Grid layout. The gap property is used to set the size of the gutters (the space between grid tracks), as well as the space between the grid container's edges and the first/last grid tracks.


Setting equal row and column gaps:

.grid-container {
  display: grid;
  gap: 20px;

Setting different row and column gaps:

.grid-container {
  display: grid;
  row-gap: 10px;
  column-gap: 20px;

Using the grid-gap shorthand with different values for row and column gaps:

.grid-container {
  display: grid;
  gap: 10px 20px;


lengthSpecifies the size of the gap.
percentageSpecifies the size of the gap as a percentage of the grid container's width or height.
initialSets the gap to its default value.
inheritInherits the gap from its parent element.

Best Practices

  • Use gap instead of row-gap and column-gap where possible to simplify your code.
  • Use consistent gap sizes throughout your grid layout to maintain visual balance and consistency.
  • Use percentage values for gaps to create more flexible and responsive layouts.
  • Avoid using negative gap values, as they can cause overlapping of grid items.
  • Use a fallback for browsers that do not support the gap property (e.g. row-gap and column-gap).

Browser Compatibility

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YesYesYes11 and newerYesYes