CSS max-height Property

The max-height property sets the maximum height of an element. This property prevents the height property's value from becoming larger than the value specified for max-height.

The max-height property overrides the height property, and min-height property overrides the max-height property.

Initial Value none
Applies to All elements, but non-replaced inline elements, table columns, and column groups.
Inherited No.
Animatable Yes. Height is animatable.
Version CSS2
DOM Syntax object.style.maxHeight = "50px";

Syntax

max-height: none | length | initial | inherit;

Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <style>
      p {
      max-height: 50px;
      overflow: auto;
      border: 1px solid #666;
      padding: 5px;
      }
    </style>
  </head>
  <body>
    <h2>Max-height property example</h2>
    <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, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.</p>
  </body>
</html>

Another example where the maximum height is defined as "2cm":

Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <style>
      .example1 {
      max-height: 2cm;
      overflow: auto;
      border: 1px solid #666;
      width:300px;
      }
    </style>
  </head>
  <body>
    <h2>Max-height property example</h2>
    <h3>Max-height: none;</h3>
    <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, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged.</p>
    <h3>Max-height: 2cm;</h3>
    <p class="example1">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, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged.</p>
  </body>
</html>

Values

Value Description
auto Sets the maximum height. It is the default value of this property.
length Defines maximum height in px, pt, cm, etc. Default value is 0.
% Sets the maximum height in % of containing element.
initial Makes the property use its default value.
inherit Inherits the property from its parents element.




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