Vertically center elements with 3 lines of code

3 short lines of CSS (excluding vendor prefixes) using transform: translateY  will vertically center whatever we want, even if we don’t know the elements height.

The CSS property transform: translateY function allows us to achieve vertical center without having to use absolute positioning or setting line-heights, which require you to either know the height of the element or only works on single-line text etc.

The code you need is below:

.element {
position: relative;
top: 50%;
transform: translateY(-50%);

and if you need full browser support, remember to add the below vendor prefixes:

-webkit-transform: translateY(-50%);
-ms-transform: translateY(-50%);

An example of the entire setup (including vendor prefixes is viewable in the example below:

As an aside, if you notice your element is being placed on a half pixel, add the following code to the parent element to preserve-3d.

.parent-element {
-webkit-transform-style: preserve-3d;
-moz-transform-style: preserve-3d;
transform-style: preserve-3d;