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Bootstrap Theme Kit: Make your own Bootstrap Themes

This is simple starter project to help you get started quickly when making a custom Bootstrap theme.

There is a full tutorial available at How to build your own Bootstrap themes.

This readme is the short version of that.

What this project does

This repository includes a project structure with a build script that builds a custom CSS version of Bootstrap 4, using Gulp. You can clone this repository, run the Gulp task and go right into modifying variables and adding styles. There's also an HTML file that contains a neatly organized collection of Bootstrap components that fit a 1920x1080 display, so you can instantly see the outcome.

Video Demonstration

There is a short demonstration of this project on YouTube:


  • This works on Windows, macOS and Linux.
  • Node Package Manager and Gulp are required. Make sure you can run gulp -v and npm -v.
  • You can get Node at, then install gulp using npm install gulp-cli -g
  • Google Chrome's Extension - livereload - go to installer page here

Getting started

  1. Clone this repo
  2. Run npm install
  3. Run gulp watch
  4. Look at index.html (ideally with a local development webserver)
  5. Add any Bootstrap Sass variables into scss/_custom-variables.scss
  6. Add any custom styles into scss/_custom-styles.scss. You can use Bootstrap's mixins here.
  7. Repeat steps 4 to 6 until you like what you see :-)


Alexander Rechsteiner


Copyright and license

Code and documentation copyright 2017 HackerThemes Code released under the MIT License.

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