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

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asked Jun 8, 2010 by nibblypig

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>

16 Answers

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answered Jan 8, 2010 by wai-wong
<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

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answered Jan 8, 2010 by starx

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

http://www.cssnewbie.com/equalheights-jquery-plugin/

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answered Jan 8, 2010 by pixeltocode

you can use jQuery to achieve this easily.

CSS

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

jQuery

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

HTML

   <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

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answered Jan 8, 2010 by arve-systad

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.

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answered Jun 8, 2010 by derek-adair

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.

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answered Jan 5, 2013 by mike-wells

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

JAVASCRIPT

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

HTML

<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>
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answered Jan 5, 2013 by tcao
    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);

    });
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answered Jan 21, 2013 by master-programmer

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.

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answered Jan 27, 2013 by tushar747

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

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

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answered Jun 6, 2013 by geofflee

I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the (very old but reliable) Absolute Columns technique: http://24ways.org/2008/absolute-columns/

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>
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