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CSS flex-shrink Property

Last Updated : 03 Aug, 2023
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The flex-shrink property specifies how much the item will shrink compared to other items inside that container. It defines the ability of an element to shrink in comparison to the other elements which are placed inside the same container.

Note: If the item in the container is not a flexible item then the flex-shrink property will not affect that item.


flex-shrink: number| initial| inherit;

Default Value: 1 

Property values:  

  • number: A number that defines how the item will shrink compare to other flexible items.
  • initial: It sets the value to its default value.
  • inherit: It inherits the property from its parent elements.

Example: Here we are going to see in a single container there are 5 div, we will apply the flex-shrink on 2nd div and that div will shrink compared to the other 4 div’s. We can apply flex-shrink on any document in the same container and that div will shrink compared to the other div’s width, flex-shrink will shrink that div compared to other items in that container. 


<!DOCTYPE html>
        CSS | flex-shrink Property
        #main {
            width: 450px;
            height: 200px;
            border: 1px solid black;
            display: -webkit-flex;
            display: flex;
            color: white;
        h1 {
            color: #009900;
            font-size: 42px;
            margin-left: 50px;
        h3 {
            margin-top: -20px;
            margin-left: 50px;
        #main div {
            flex-grow: 1;
            flex-shrink: 1;
            flex-basis: 100px;
        /* shrinking the 2nd div compare to others */
        #main div:nth-of-type(2) {
            flex-shrink: 4;
    <h3>The flex-shrink:number</h3>
    <!-- Making 5 divs in main -->
    <div id="main">
        <div style="background-color:#009900;">
                A number specifying how much the item
                will shrink relative to the rest of the
                flexible items.
        <div style="background-color:#00cc99;">
            <p> Default value is 1</p>
        <div style="background-color:#0066ff;">
                Initial Sets this property to
                its default value
        <div style="background-color:#66ffff;;"></div>
        <div style="background-color:#660066;">
                Inherits this property from
                its parent element


Supported Browser: The browser supported by CSS flex-shrink Property are listed below: 

  • Google Chrome 29.0
  • Edge 12
  • Mozilla Firefox 20.0
  • Opera 12.1
  • Safari 9.0

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