How do I keep two divs that are side by side the same height?

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I have two divs side by side. I'd like the height of them to be the same, and stay the same if one of them resizes. I can't figure this one out though. Ideas?

To clarify my confusing question, I'd like both boxes to always be the same size, so if one grows because text is placed into it, the other one should grow to match the height.

<div style="overflow: hidden"> <div style="border:1px solid #cccccc; float:left; padding-bottom:1000px; margin-bottom:-1000px"> Some content!<br/> Some content!<br/> Some content!<br/> Some content!<br/> Some content!<br/> </div> <div style="border:1px solid #cccccc; float:left; padding-bottom:1000px; margin-bottom:-1000px"> Some content! </div> </div>

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you can use jQuery to achieve this easily.


.left, .right {border:1px solid #cccccc;} 


$(document).ready(function() { var leftHeight = $('.left').height(); $('.right').css({'height':leftHeight}); }); 


 <div class="left"> <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Morbi malesuada, lacus eu dapibus tempus, ante odio aliquet risus, ac ornare orci velit in sapien. Duis suscipit sapien vel nunc scelerisque in pretium velit mattis. Cras vitae odio sed eros mollis malesuada et eu nunc.</p> </div> <div class="right"> <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.</p> </div> 

You'll need to include jQuery

Just spotted this thread while searching for this very answer. I just made a small jQuery function, hope this helps, works like a charm:


var maxHeight = 0; $('.inner').each(function() { maxHeight = Math.max(maxHeight, $(this).height()); }); $('.lhs_content .inner, .rhs_content .inner').css({height:maxHeight + 'px'}); 


<div class="lhs_content"> <div class="inner"> Content in here </div> </div> <div class="rhs_content"> <div class="inner"> More content in here </div> </div> 


With flexbox it's a single declaration:

.row { display: flex; /* equal height of the children */ } .col { flex: 1; /* additionally, equal width */ padding: 1em; border: solid; }
<div class="row"> <div class="col">Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit.</div> <div class="col">Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Ad omnis quae expedita ipsum nobis praesentium velit animi minus amet perspiciatis laboriosam similique debitis iste ratione nemo ea at corporis aliquam.</div> </div>

Prefixes may be required for older browsers, see browser support.

The Fiddle


<div class="container"> <div class="left-column"> </div> <div class="right-column"> <h1>Hello Kitty!</h1> <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Laudantium cum accusamus ab nostrum sit laborum eligendi, totam nam aperiam harum officia commodi tempora dolorum. Incidunt earum explicabo deleniti architecto illo!</p> <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Laudantium cum accusamus ab nostrum sit laborum eligendi, totam nam aperiam harum officia commodi tempora dolorum. Incidunt earum explicabo deleniti architecto illo!</p> </div> </div> 


.container { float: left; width: 100%; background-color: black; position: relative; left: 0; } .container:before, .container:after { content: " "; display: table; } .container:after { clear: both; } .left-column { float: left; width: 30%; height: 100%; position: absolute; background: wheat; } .right-column { float: right; width: 70%; position: relative; padding: 0; margin: 0; background: rebeccapurple; } 

I recently came across this and didn't really like the solutions so I tried experimenting.

.mydivclass {inline-block; vertical-align: middle; width: 33%;}

If you don't mind one of the divs being a master and dictating the height for both divs there is this:


No matter what, the div on the right will expand or squish&overflow to match the height of the div on the left.

Both divs must be immediate children of a container, and have to specify their widths within it.

Relevant CSS:

.container { background-color: gray; display: table; width: 70%; position:relative; } .container .left{ background-color: tomato; width: 35%; } .container .right{ position:absolute; top:0px; left:35%; background-color: orange; width: 65%; height:100%; overflow-y: auto; } 
 var numexcute = 0; var interval; $(document).bind('click', function () { interval = setInterval(function () { if (numexcute >= 20) { clearInterval(interval); numexcute = 0; } $('#leftpane').css('height', 'auto'); $('#rightpane').css('height', 'auto'); if ($('#leftpane').height() < $('#rightpane').height()) $('#leftpane').height($('#rightpane').height()); if ($('#leftpane').height() > $('#rightpane').height()) $('#rightpane').height($('#leftpane').height()); numexcute++; }, 10); }); 

This is an area where CSS has never really had any solutions — you’re down to using <table> tags (or faking them using the CSS display:table* values), as that’s the only place where a “keep a bunch of elements the same height” was implemented.

<div style="display: table-row;"> <div style="border:1px solid #cccccc; display: table-cell;"> Some content!<br/> Some content!<br/> Some content!<br/> Some content!<br/> Some content!<br/> </div> <div style="border:1px solid #cccccc; display: table-cell;"> Some content! </div> </div> 

This works in all versions of Firefox, Chrome and Safari, Opera from at least version 8, and in IE from version 8.

I like to use pseudo elements to achieve this. You can use it as background of the content and let them fill the space.

With these approach you can set margins between columns, borders, etc.

.wrapper{ position: relative; width: 200px; } .wrapper:before, .wrapper:after{ content: ""; display: block; height: 100%; width: 40%; border: 2px solid blue; position: absolute; top: 0; } .wrapper:before{ left: 0; background-color: red; } .wrapper:after{ right: 0; background-color: green; } .div1, .div2{ width: 40%; display: inline-block; position: relative; z-index: 1; } .div1{ margin-right: 20%; }
<div class="wrapper"> <div class="div1">Content Content Content Content Content Content Content Content Content </div><div class="div2">Other</div> </div>

<div> <div style="border:1px solid #cccccc; float:left; min-height:200px;"> Some content!<br/> Some content!<br/> Some content!<br/> Some content!<br/> Some content!<br/> </div> <div style="border:1px solid #cccccc; float:left; min-height:200px;"> Some content! </div> </div> 

What I did here is to change the height to min-height and gave it a fixed value. if one of them is getting resized the other one will stay the same height. not sure if this is what you want

You can use Jquery's Equal Heights Plugin to accomplish, this plugins makes all the div of exact same height as other. If one of them grows and other will also grow.

Here a sample of implementation

Usage: $(object).equalHeights([minHeight], [maxHeight]); Example 1: $(".cols").equalHeights(); Sets all columns to the same height. Example 2: $(".cols").equalHeights(400); Sets all cols to at least 400px tall. Example 3: $(".cols").equalHeights(100,300); Cols are at least 100 but no more than 300 pixels tall. Elements with too much content will gain a scrollbar. 

Here is the link

I was having the same problem so i created this small function using jquery as jquery is part of every web application nowadays.

function fEqualizeHeight(sSelector) { var sObjects = $(sSelector); var iCount = sObjects.length; var iHeights = []; if (iCount > 0) { $(sObjects).each(function () { var sHeight = $(this).css('height'); var iHeight = parseInt(sHeight.replace(/px/i,'')); iHeights.push(iHeight); }); iHeights.sort(function (a, b) { return a - b }); var iMaxHeight = iHeights.pop(); $(sSelector).each(function () { $(this).css({ 'height': iMaxHeight + 'px' }); }); } } 

You can call this function on page ready event

$(document).ready(function(){ fEqualizeHeight('.columns'); }); 

I hope this works for you.

I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the (very old but reliable) Absolute Columns technique:

In my opinion, it is far superior to both Faux Columns and One True Layout's technique.

The general idea is that an element with position: absolute; will position against the nearest parent element that has position: relative;. You then stretch a column to fill 100% height by assigning both a top: 0px; and bottom: 0px; (or whatever pixels/percentages you actually need.) Here's an example:

<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <style> #container { position: relative; } #left-column { width: 50%; background-color: pink; } #right-column { position: absolute; top: 0px; right: 0px; bottom: 0px; width: 50%; background-color: teal; } </style> </head> <body> <div id="container"> <div id="left-column"> <ul> <li>Foo</li> <li>Bar</li> <li>Baz</li> </ul> </div> <div id="right-column"> Lorem ipsum </div> </div> </body> </html> 

Using Javascript

using jQuery you can do it in a super simple one-line-script.

// HTML <div id="columnOne"> </div> <div id="columnTwo"> </div> // Javascript $("#columnTwo").height($("#columnOne").height()); 

Using CSS

This is a bit more interesting. The technique is called Faux Columns. More or less you don't actually set the actual height to be the same, but you rig up some graphical elements so they look the same height.

This question was asked 6 years ago, but it's still worthy to give a simple answer with flexbox layout nowadays.

Just add the following CSS to the father <div>, it will work.

display: -webkit-flex; display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: stretch; 

The first two lines declare it will be displayed as flexbox. And flex-direction: row tells browsers that its children will be display in columns. And align-items: stretch will meet the requirement that all the children elements will stretch to the same height it one of them become higher.

This is a common problem which many have encountered, but luckily some smart minds like Ed Eliot's on his blog have posted their solutions online.

Basically what you do is make both divs/columns very tall by adding a padding-bottom: 100% and then "trick the browser" into thinking they aren't that tall using margin-bottom: -100%. It is better explained by Ed Eliot on his blog, which also includes many examples.

.container { overflow: hidden; } .column { float: left; margin: 20px; background-color: grey; padding-bottom: 100%; margin-bottom: -100%; }
<div class="container"> <div class="column"> Some content!<br> Some content!<br> Some content!<br> Some content!<br> Some content!<br> </div> <div class="column"> Something </div> </div>

This is a jQuery plugin which sets the equal height for all elements on the same row(by checking the element's So if your jQuery array contains elements from more than one row(different, each row will have a separated height, based on element with maximum height on that row.

jQuery.fn.setEqualHeight = function(){ var $elements = [], max_height = []; jQuery(this).css( 'min-height', 0 ); // GROUP ELEMENTS WHICH ARE ON THE SAME ROW this.each(function(index, el){ var offset_top = jQuery(el).offset().top; var el_height = jQuery(el).css('height'); if( typeof $elements[offset_top] == "undefined" ){ $elements[offset_top] = jQuery(); max_height[offset_top] = 0; } $elements[offset_top] = $elements[offset_top].add( jQuery(el) ); if( parseInt(el_height) > parseInt(max_height[offset_top]) ) max_height[offset_top] = el_height; }); // CHANGE ELEMENTS HEIGHT for( var offset_top in $elements ){ if( jQuery($elements[offset_top]).length > 1 ) jQuery($elements[offset_top]).css( 'min-height', max_height[offset_top] ); } 


You could use Faux Columns.

Basically it uses a background image in a containing DIV to simulate the two equal-height-DIVs. Using this technique also allowes you to add shadows, rounded corners, custom borders or other funky patterns to your containers.

Only works with fixed-width boxes though.

Well tested out and properly working in every browser.

I know its been a long time but I share my solution anyway. This is a jQuery trick.

--- HTML

<div class="custom-column"> <div class="column-left"> asd asd<br/> asd<br/> </div> <div class="column-right"> asd </div> </div> <div class="custom-column"> <div class="column-left"> asd </div> <div class="column-right"> asd asd<br/> asd<br/> </div> </div> 

---- CSS

<style> .custom-column { margin-bottom:10px; } .custom-column:after { clear:both; content:""; display:block; width:100%; } .column-left { float:left; width:25%; background:#CCC; } .column-right { float:right; width:75%; background:#EEE; } </style> 


<script src="js/jquery.min.js"></script> <script> $(document).ready(function(){ $balancer = function() { $('.custom-column').each(function(){ if($('.column-left',this).height()>$('.column-right',this).height()){ $('.column-right',this).height($('.column-left',this).height()) } else { $('.column-left',this).height($('.column-right',this).height()) } }); } $balancer(); $(window).load($balancer()); $(window).resize($balancer()); }); </script> 

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