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Spree Bootstrap Frontend

Bootstrap 3 powered frontend.

This has several large advantages:

  • Fully responsive - Mobile, tablet and desktop. With custom grids for each, collapsing elements, and full HDPI support. Current spree only goes half way.
  • Just 44 lines of custom SCSS, replacing 1328 lines of undocumented spree CSS. Plus most of these lines only add some visual style to the header and footer and can be removed.
  • The entire frontend can be easily customized: colours, grid, spacing, etc, by just overriding variables from bootstrap - giving a custom store design in minutes.
  • Bootstrap has some of the most robust documentation of any framework, and a hugely active community. As this port uses only default bootstrap it means that entire spree frontend layout is documented by default.
  • Sites like bootswatch allow for one-file bootstrap drop-in spree themes.
  • Lots of spree community will for bootstrap.
  • Though this uses ‘full bootstrap’ for simplicity, you can remove the unused Bootstrap components you don’t require for minimal file sizes / weight.
  • Bootstrap is one of the largest most active open source projects out there - maintaining an entire framework just for spree makes little sense. Forget about cross browser bugs. Woo!


This stays as closely to the original spree frontend markup as possible. Helper decorators have been kept to a bare minimum. It utilises the SCSS port of bootstrap 3 to keep inline with existing spree practices. It also includes support for spree_auth_devise.

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Override the stylesheet to vendor/assets/stylesheets/spree/frontend/frontend_bootstrap.css.scss. Use this as your base stylesheet and edit as required.

To style your spree store just override the bootstrap 3 variables. The full list of bootstrap variables can be found here. You can override these by simply redefining the variable before the @import directive. For example:

$navbar-default-bg: #312312;
$light-orange: #ff8c00;
$navbar-default-color: $light-orange;

@import "bootstrap";

This uses the bootstrap-sass gem. So check there for full cutomization instructions.

It’s quite powerful, here are some examples created in ~10 minutes with a few extra SCSS variables, no actual css edits required:

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