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If you want to display lists in a way that is more visually distinctive than the standard <ol> and <ul>, we have 7 list styles at your disposal.


Use the class .p-list for a list without bullets and more spacing between items than the basic lists.


Add the class .is-ticked to each list item to display tick icons.

Note:The color of the tick icon is set by the $color-accent variable in settings.scss.

Horizontal divider

Use the class .p-list--divided to add horizontal lines between the items.

Ticked with horizontal divider

You can combine both .is-ticked and .p-list--divided to style a list with horizontal dividers and tick icons.

Responsive divider

A responsive divider inserts divider lines between sections of content. On small screens (up to $breakpoint-medium), the divider lines appear horizontally. On screens bigger than $breakpoint-medium, the divider lines appear vertically, centered in the column gutters.


Apply the class .p-inline-list to display all the list items in one line.


Apply the class .p-inline-list--middot to add a middot character between inline list items.

The utility class .is-dark can also be applied to a middot list:

Inline stretched

Apply the class .p-inline-list--stretch to stretch the list items to fill the full width of the parent container.

You can use the align utilities to align the content of individual items.

Vertical stepped

If you want to display a list of items that form a set of steps — like a tutorial or instructions — you can use the class .p-stepped-list.

When the steps don't have headings use <p> paragraph as .p-stepped-list__title.

Horizontal stepped

The stepped list should be used for step by step instructions. This pattern is best used on a .p-strip--light as the description sections are displayed in a white box.


If you wish to split the items in a list into two columns above $breakpoint-medium, you can do so by adding the class is-split to the list element.


The responsive divider is available in a light and a dark theme. The colours used by both themes in the colour settings file. Overriding the colours of individual elements of the responsive is discouraged, as this may lead to accessibility issues, or inconsistencies with other components that use the same theme.

By default, the responsive divider uses the light theme. To change the global default, set $theme-default-p-divider to dark.

To change the appearance of an individual instance of the responsive divider pattern, you can use the is-dark class.

For more details about themes in Vanilla refer to the Color theming section of the documentation.


To import list patterns into your project, copy the snippet below and include it in your main Sass file.

@import 'patterns_lists';
@include vf-p-lists;

To add dividers into your project, copy the snippet below and include it in your main Sass file.

@import 'patterns_divider';
@include vf-p-divider;

// grid column classes are used within divider component, so you need to include grid pattern as well
@import 'patterns_grid';
@include vf-p-grid;

To include individual list patterns you need to include the vf-p-list-placeholders mixin first.

@import 'patterns_lists';
@include vf-p-list-placeholders;

// choose individual list patterns to include
@include vf-p-list;
@include vf-p-list-divided;
@include vf-p-list-item-state;
@include vf-p-inline-list;
@include vf-p-inline-list-middot;
@include vf-p-inline-list-stretch;
@include vf-p-stepped-list;
@include vf-p-stepped-list-detailed;
@include vf-p-list-split;

For more information see Customising Vanilla in your projects, which includes overrides and importing instructions.


You can use lists in React by installing our react-component library and importing List component.

See the documentation for our React List component

For a more interactive layered lists style view the list tree component.