Themed swatches for Twitter Bootstrap
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Bootswatch is a collection of themed swatches that you can download for free and drop into your Bootstrap site. Check it out at

So how do I use Bootswatch?

Head over to Bootswatch and pick a swatch. Download the bootswatch.min.css file associated with it.

In Bootstrap’s CSS directory, you’ll find a stylesheet in full (bootstrap.css) and minified (bootstrap.min.css) forms. Rename them or move them to a safe place. Then drop in the new CSS file and check that your HTML points to it. If you ever change your mind, simply drop in another swatch or switch back to the original.

What if I want to extend Bootswatch?

Bootswatch is an open source project, and you’re welcome to modify the swatches further or create your own. If you’re interested, fork or follow the GitHub repository. The files of interest are in the gh-pages branch.

Each raw swatch consists of two LESS files. One is variables.less, which is included by default in Bootstrap and allows you to customize these settings. The other is a new file called bootswatch.less that introduces more extensive structural changes.

Check out the README in the swatchmaker directory for step-by-step instructions for building your own swatches.


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Thomas Park

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Copyright 2012 Thomas Park

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