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Bootstrap npm starter template

Create new Bootstrap-powered npm projects in no time.


bootstrap-npm-starter is a GitHub template repository for creating new Bootstrap-powered npm projects, maintained by Bootstrap co-author @mdo. You can also use it as your own Bootstrap prototyping sandbox. It's built with Bootstrap v4 with plans to update for v5.

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Repo template

Setup as a starter template, you can easily generate a new GitHub repository. From the repository homepage, click the Use this template button.

What's included

  • Single HTML page (index.html) to demonstrate how to include Bootstrap.
  • Includes Bootstrap (currently using v4.6.0) source files via npm.
  • Includes Bootstrap Icons (v1.4.0), which includes over 1,200 icons available as SVGs and web fonts.
  • npm scripts (see package.json) for compiling and autoprefixing Sass, watching for changes, and starting a basic local server.
  • Example stylesheet (scss/starter.scss) highlighting two ways to include and customize Bootstrap.
  • Example JavaScript file (assets/js/starter.js) showing how to import all of Bootstrap, or just the parts you need.


Be sure to have Node.js installed before proceeding.

# Clone the repo
git clone
cd bootstrap-npm-starter

# Install dependencies
npm i

# Compile Sass
npm run css-compile

# Watch Sass for changes (uses nodemon)
npm run watch

# Start local server (uses sirv-cli)
npm run server

# Watches Sass for changes and starts a local server
npm start

For the most straightforward development, open two Terminal tabs to execute npm run server and npm run watch at the same time.

Open http://localhost:3000 to see the page in action.


The following npm scripts are available to you in this starter repo. With the exception of npm start and npm test, the remaining scripts can be run from your command line with npm run scriptName.

Script Description
server Starts a local server (http://localhost:3000) for development
watch Automatically recompiles CSS as it watches the scss directory for changes
css Runs css-compile and css-prefix
css-compile Compiles source Sass into CSS
css-lint Runs Stylelint against source Sass for code quality
css-prefix Runs Autoprefixer on the compiled CSS
css-purge Runs PurgeCSS to remove CSS that is unused by index.html
test Runs css-lint and css, in sequential order

Advanced usage

Take this starter repository to another level with some built-in addons that you can enable and customize.

Optimizing CSS

Before you start to use tools that remove Bootstrap styling like PurgeCSS, you can make some broad optimizations by only including the stylesheets you think you'll need.

Look to the scss/starter.scss file for your two options of including all of Bootstrap, or a subset of our styles and components. By default we've only imported the stylesheets that Bootstrap requires plus those of the components we're planning to use.

Uncomment specific lines as needed, then recompile to use them.

Optimizing JS

Similar to optimizing CSS, we publish individual scripts for each of our plugins. This allows you to import only what you need, versus the entire bundle and dependencies. For example, if you don't plan on using dropdowns, tooltips, or popovers, you can safely omit the Popper.js depdendency. Bootstrap 4 requires jQuery though, so you won't be able to safely remove that until v5 launches.

See the js/starter.js file for an example of how to import all of Bootstrap's JS or just the individual pieces. By default we've only imported our modal JavaScript since we have no need for anything else.

You can add more options here, or import the entire bootstrap-bundle.min.js file, to get all JavaScript plugins and Popper.js.


PurgeCSS is a PostCSS plugin that removes unused CSS based on your site's HTML. It finds rulesets that are unused by your HTML and removes them, ensuring only what's needed is sent to your site's visitors while improving file size and performance.

We've included a single npm script that runs PurgeCSS against our single index.html file to remove unused styles from assets/css/starter.css.

To purge your CSS, run npm run css-purge from the command line. This executes the following:

npm purgecss --css assets/css/starter.css --content index.html --output assets/css/

PurgeCSS is a PostCSS plugin and can be configured to your exact needs with a little extra effort, including additional command line options.

Actions CI

We've included some simple GitHub Actions in this template repo. When you generate your new project from here, you'll have the same tests that run whenever a pull request is created. We've included Actions for the following:

  • Stylelint for your CSS

When your repository is generated, you won't see anything in the Actions tab until you create a new pull request. You can customize these Actions, add new ones, or remove them outright if you wish.

Learn more about GitHub Actions, read the Actions docs, or browse the Actions Marketplace.


Stylelint is included, as is Bootstrap's default Stylelint config, stylelint-config-twbs-bootstrap. This is the same linter configuration we use in the main Bootstrap project. It's run via the npm test command, which is invoked in our ci.yml Actions workflow file.

At the root of the repo, .stylelintignore is used to list files that we ignore when linting and .stylelintrc is where we tell Stylelint to use the Bootstrap config. The former is recommended based on your specific needs, while the latter is required.


© @mdo 2020-2021 and licensed MIT.