How to vertically align images inside a list

Tags: html,css,vertical-alignment

Problem :

vertical-align has always given me problems in the past and once again I'm met with a problem that I don't know how to solve.

I have this html:

<ul id="council-slider">
  <li class="col-md-12" style="display: block">
    <img src="somesource" />
    <div class="council-spacer"></div>
    <p>text content goes here</p>


#council-slider {
    margin: 0 auto;
    list-style: none;
    min-height: 300px;
    max-height: 400px;

#council-slider li img {
    float: left;
    height: auto;
    width: 25%;
    margin: 5px;

.council-spacer {
    height: 300px;
    width: 100px;
    float: left;

#council-slider li p {
    margin-top: 100px;

I want to be able to vertically align the image in the middle. The text is multiple lines that wrapped so using line-height will not work in this situation. Also the images can have varying heights.

There are multiple list items; I just used one in the example to simplify and reduce the html.

Solution :

You should read up on where the vertical-align property has the ability to be applied.

Quoting from MDN:

The vertical-align CSS property specifies the vertical alignment of an inline or table-cell box.

Since your element is not being displayed as either inline or table-cell vertical-align: middle; will not do you any good here.

You can, however, set your <div> styling to display: table-cell; and then vertical-align: middle

Alternatively, this can be achieved with CSS3 as hars pointed out, just make sure your user's browsers support CSS3

.valign-middle {
   position: relative;
   top: 50%;
   Transform: translateY (-50%);

The way this works -

  • Set position relative to the parent/container (i.e. <li> in your case)
  • Move the image that you want to vertically align, down 50% of the container height
  • Move the image up 50% of the height of the image

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