CSS line-clamp Property

The line-clamp property truncates a text at a specified number of lines. It limits the text, after you tell it the desirable number of lines, adding an ellipsis after the last word or portion of a word that is demonstrated. It is a shorthand for:

This property is in progress.

Disadvantages of the CSS line-clamp Property

CSS line-clamp property has some disadvantages, and we are going to look through each one:

  1. The CSS line-clamp property has limited browser support. It is not supported by such browsers as Opera Mini. However, you can create fallbacks for the browsers that don’t support this property. Using @supports (-webkit-line-clamp: 2) {} check, will show whether it works in the current browser or not. If it doesn’t work, this check will provide a fallback for that browser.
  2. Another disadvantage is that it doesn’t offer any alternative to the ellipsis. This causes another problem: you may get different definitions in different language.
  3. The CSS line-clamp property calls for lots of supporting properties like:
overflow: hidden;
display: -webkit-box;
-webkit-line-clamp: 2;
-webkit-box-orient: vertical;
Initial Value none
Applies to -
Inherited Yes.
Animatable No.
Version CSS3
DOM Syntax object.style.lineClamp = "2";

Please note that in the case of "display: -webkit-box", this is an older, non-standard way of achieving a flexible box layout that was used by older versions of Safari and some other WebKit-based browsers. The "display: flex" property is now the standard way of achieving a flexible box layout, but for compatibility with older versions of Safari and other WebKit-based browsers, the "-webkit-box" prefix is still used as a fallback.


line-clamp: normal | <integer> | initial | inherit;

Example of the line-clamp property:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
      body {
        align-items: center;
        background: radial-gradient( farthest-side at bottom left, #eee, #ccc), 
        radial-gradient( farthest-corner at bottom right, #eee, #ccc 400px);
        display: flex;
        flex-direction: column;
        height: 100vh;
        justify-content: center;
        line-height: 1.5;
      .element {
        background-color: #fff;
        box-shadow: 1px 1px 10px #666;
        padding: 2em;
        width: 200px;
      .element p {
        display: -webkit-box;
        -webkit-line-clamp: 3;
        -webkit-box-orient: vertical;
        overflow: hidden;
    <h2>CSS line-clamp  property example</h2>
    <div class="element">
      <p>Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s.


CSS line-clamp Property

In the given example, the text is cut at the fourth line.


Value Description
none No maximum number of lines and no truncation.
<integer> Sets maximum number of lines before truncating the content and then displays an ellipsis.
initial Makes the property use its default value.
inherit Inherits the property from its parents element.

Browser support

chrome edge firefox safari opera
17.0+ 68+ 5.1

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