Bootstrap is a sleek, intuitive, and powerful front-end framework for faster and easier web development, created by Mark Otto and Jacob Thornton, and maintained by the core team with the massive support and involvement of the community.
To get started, check out http://getbootstrap.com!
Table of contents
- Quick start
- Bugs and feature requests
- Copyright and license
Three quick start options are available:
- Download the latest release.
- Clone the repo:
git clone https://github.com/twbs/bootstrap.git.
- Install with Bower:
bower install bootstrap.
Read the Getting Started page for information on the framework contents, templates and examples, and more.
Within the download you’ll find the following directories and files, logically grouping common assets and providing both compiled and minified variations. You’ll see something like this:
│ ├── bootstrap.css
│ ├── bootstrap.min.css
│ ├── bootstrap-theme.css
│ └── bootstrap-theme.min.css
│ ├── bootstrap.js
│ └── bootstrap.min.js
We provide compiled CSS and JS (
bootstrap.*), as well as compiled and minified CSS and JS (
bootstrap.min.*). Fonts from Glyphicons are included, as is the optional Bootstrap theme.
Bugs and feature requests
Running documentation locally
- If necessary, install Jekyll (requires v1.x).
- Windows users: Read this unofficial guide to get Jekyll up and running without problems. We use Pygments for syntax highlighting, so make sure to read the sections on installing Python and Pygments.
- From the root
jekyll servein the command line.
- Windows users: While we use Jekyll’s
encodingsetting, you might still need to change the command prompt’s character encoding (code page) to UTF-8 so Jekyll runs without errors. For Ruby 2.0.0, run
chcp 65001first. For Ruby 1.9.3, you can alternatively do
- Windows users: While we use Jekyll’s
- Open http://localhost:9001 in your browser, and voilà.
Learn more about using Jekyll by reading its documentation.
Documentation for previous releases
Documentation for v2.3.2 has been made available for the time being at http://getbootstrap.com/2.3.2/ while folks transition to Bootstrap 3.
Previous releases and their documentation are also available for download.
Bootstrap uses Grunt with convenient methods for working with the framework. It’s how we compile our code, run tests, and more. To use it, install the required dependencies as directed and then run some Grunt commands.
From the command line:
npm install -g grunt-cli.
- Navigate to the root
/bootstrapdirectory, then run
npm install. npm will look at package.json and automatically install the necessary local dependencies listed there.
When completed, you’ll be able to run the various Grunt commands provided from the command line.
npm? Don’t have node installed? That’s a-okay. npm stands for node packaged modules and is a way to manage development dependencies through node.js. Download and install node.js before proceeding.
Available Grunt commands
This is a convenience method for watching just Less files and automatically building them whenever you save.
Should you encounter problems with installing dependencies or running Grunt commands, uninstall all previous dependency versions (global and local). Then, rerun
Please read through our contributing guidelines. Included are directions for opening issues, coding standards, and notes on development.
Keep track of development and community news.
- Follow @twbootstrap on Twitter.
- Read and subscribe to The Official Bootstrap Blog.
- Chat with fellow Bootstrappers in IRC. On the
irc.freenode.netserver, in the
- Implementation help may be found at Stack Overflow (tagged
For transparency into our release cycle and in striving to maintain backward compatibility, Bootstrap is maintained under the Semantic Versioning guidelines. Sometimes we screw up, but we’ll adhere to these rules whenever possible.
Releases will be numbered with the following format:
And constructed with the following guidelines:
- Breaking backward compatibility bumps the major while resetting minor and patch
- New additions without breaking backward compatibility bumps the minor while resetting the patch
- Bug fixes and misc changes bumps only the patch
For more information on SemVer, please visit http://semver.org/.