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Stateless React Components for Bootstrap 4.

Getting Started

Follow the create-react-app instructions to get started and then follow the reactstrap version of adding bootstrap.


npx create-react-app my-app
cd my-app/
npm start

or, if npx (Node >= 6 and npm >= 5.2 ) not available

npm install -g create-react-app

create-react-app my-app
cd my-app/
npm start

Then open http://localhost:3000/ to see your app. The initial structure of your app is setup. Next, let's add reactstrap and bootstrap.

Adding Bootstrap

Install reactstrap and Bootstrap from NPM. Reactstrap does not include Bootstrap CSS so this needs to be installed as well:

npm install --save bootstrap
npm install --save reactstrap react react-dom

Import Bootstrap CSS in the src/index.js file:

import 'bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.css';

Import required reactstrap components within src/App.js file or your custom component files:

import { Button } from 'reactstrap';

Now you are ready to use the imported reactstrap components within your component hierarchy defined in the render method. Here is an example App.js redone using reactstrap.


Required Peer Dependencies

These libraries are not bundled with Reactstrap and required at runtime:

Optional Dependencies

These libraries are not included in the main distribution file reactstrap.min.js and need to be manually included when using components that require transitions or popover effects (e.g. Tooltip, Modal, etc).


If you prefer to include Reactstrap globally by marking reactstrap as external in your application, the reactstrap library provides various single-file distributions, which are hosted on the following CDNs:

<!-- Main version -->
<script src=""></script>

<!-- All optional dependencies version -->
<script src=""></script>
<!-- Main version -->
<script src=""></script>

<!-- All optional dependencies version -->
<script src=""></script>

Note: To load a specific version of Reactstrap replace 6.0.1 with the version number.


Reactstrap has two primary distribution versions:

  1. reactstrap.min.js

    This file excludes the optional dependencies – react-popper and react-transition-group. This is the recommended approach (similar approach in Bootstrap's JavaScript components) for including Reactstrap as it reduces the filesize and gives more flexibility in configuring needed dependencies.

    Recommended use cases:

    • Small, medium, or large applications
    • Applications that do not use any transitions or popper components
    • Applications that directly use react-popper or react-transition-group – Reactstrap and your application will use the single global version included
  2. reactstrap.full.min.js

    This file includes the optional dependencies – react-popper and react-transition-group

    Recommended use cases:

    • Small applications


<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
    <!-- Required dependencies -->
    <script type="text/javascript" src="//"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="//"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="//"></script>
    <!-- Optional dependencies -->
    <script type="text/javascript" src="//"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="//"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="//"></script>
    <!-- Reactstrap -->
    <script type="text/javascript" src="//"></script>
    <!-- Lastly, include your app's bundle -->
    <script type="text/javascript" src="/assets/bundle.js"></script>
    <div id="my-app" />

About the Project

This library contains React Bootstrap 4 components that favor composition and control. The library does not depend on jQuery or Bootstrap javascript. However, Poppers.js via react-popper is relied upon for advanced positioning of content like Tooltips, Popovers, and auto-flipping Dropdowns.

There are a few core concepts to understand in order to make the most out of this library.

  1. Your content is expected to be composed via props.children rather than using named props to pass in Components.

    // Content passed in via props
    const Example = (props) => {
      return (
        <p>This is a tooltip <TooltipTrigger tooltip={TooltipContent}>example</TooltipTrigger>!</p>
    // Content passed in as children (Preferred)
    const PreferredExample = (props) => {
      return (
          This is a <a href="#" id="TooltipExample">tooltip</a> example.
          <Tooltip target="TooltipExample">
  2. Attributes in this library are used to pass in state, conveniently apply modifier classes, enable advanced functionality (like tether), or automatically include non-content based elements.


    • isOpen - current state for items like dropdown, popover, tooltip
    • toggle - callback for toggling isOpen in the controlling component
    • color - applies color classes, ex: <Button color="danger"/>
    • size - for controlling size classes. ex: <Button size="sm"/>
    • tag - customize component output by passing in an element name or Component
    • boolean based props (attributes) when possible for alternative style classes or sr-only content


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Install dependencies:

npm install

Run examples at http://localhost:8080/ with webpack dev server:

npm start

Run tests & coverage report:

npm test

Watch tests:

npm run test-watch


Create Release Branch

Note: you must have the GITHUB_TOKEN environment variable set to a valid GitHub token with write access to your repo.

To create a release branch and changelog, run the following command, optionally with a semantic release type (major, minor, patch) (if not provided, it will default to semver (it's best to let it default)):

./scripts/release <release-type>

Verify changelog in branch. Create a PR if everything looks good. Merge when tests are green.

Tagging and Publishing

Note: you must have write permission to this repo do perform this action

Once the release branch is merged, checkout master and run:


This will build the current state of master, tag it based on the release version and push the tag up to GitHub. Travis will detect the new tag and publish to npm.


You can create a new tag via the GitHub user interface. If you do it this way, make sure to use the correct version as the tag name (eg. 6.2.0).

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