Theming Bootstrap & BootstrapVue

Theming is accomplished by Sass variables, Sass maps, and custom CSS. There's no dedicated theme stylesheet; instead, you can enable the built-in theme to add gradients, shadows, and more.

While BootstrapVue uses Bootstrap's CSS, certain features of BootstrapVue use custom CSS (i.e. stacked tables, etc.). Our custom CSS relies on variables defined the Bootstrap v4.x SCSS. The bootstrap-vue/dist/bootstrap-vue.css is compiled using the default Bootstrap v4.x variables. By using the BootstrapVue source SCSS, you can have your variable overrides (such as breakpoints, theme colors, etc.) adjust the custom BootstrapVue css generation.

For premium dashboards and themes, please refer to the Themes section of the documentation.

SASS variable defaults

Every Sass variable in Bootstrap v4 and BootstrapVue includes the !default flag allowing you to override the variable’s default value in your own Sass without modifying Bootstrap and BootstrapVue's source SCSS code. Copy and paste variables as needed, modify their values, and remove the !default flag. If a variable has already been assigned, then it won’t be re-assigned by the default values in Bootstrap and BootstrapVue.

You will find the complete list of Bootstrap’s variables in bootstrap/scss/_variables.scss. Some variables are set to null, these variables don’t output the property unless they are overridden in your configuration.

Variable overrides within the same Sass file can come before or after the default variables. However, when overriding across Sass files, your overrides must come before you import Bootstrap and BootstrapVue's Sass (SCSS) files.

Here’s an example that changes the background-color and color for the <body> when importing and compiling Bootstrap and BootstrapVue SCSS:

// Your variable overrides
$body-bg: #000;
$body-color: #111;

// Bootstrap and its default variables
@import '../node_modules/bootstrap/scss/bootstrap';
// BootstrapVue and its default variables
@import '../node_modules/bootstrap-vue/src/index.scss';

Default theme colors

The default theme colors defined in the Bootstrap v4.4 SCSS are as follows:


BootstrapVue components use variations (intensities) of these default theme colors.

You can alter these theme colors and create additional theme colors as needed via SASS variables and maps. Refer to the Bootstrap theming docs for more details. All theme colors automatically become available as color variants to all BootstrapVue components.

SASS options

Customize Bootstrap 4 with the built-in custom variables file and easily toggle global CSS preferences with Bootstrap's $enable-* Sass variables.

Bootstrap SASS variables

Some commonly used Bootstrap v4 variables are:

Variable Type Default Description
$enable-rounded Boolean true Enables predefined border-radius styles on various components
$enable-shadows Boolean false Enables predefined box-shadow styles on various components
$enable-gradients Boolean false Enables predefined gradients via background-image styles on various components
$enable-transitions Boolean true Enables predefined transitions on various components
$enable-responsive-font-sizes Boolean false Enables responsive font sizes
$enable-validation-icons Boolean true Enables background-image icons within textual inputs and some custom forms for validation states

Refer to Bootstrap's theming docs for additional Bootstrap v4 variable information.

BootstrapVue SASS variables

BootstrapVue also defines several Sass variables for controlling BootstrapVue's custom CSS generation. If you are not using these features in your project, you can disable the feature's CSS generation to reduce the size of BootstrapVue's custom CSS bundle:

Variable Type Default Description
$bv-enable-table-stacked Boolean true Enables stacked table CSS generation
$bv-enable-table-sticky Boolean true Enables sticky table header and column CSS generation
$bv-enable-tooltip-variants Boolean true Enables tooltip variant CSS generation
$bv-enable-popover-variants Boolean true Enables popover variant CSS generation

You can find additional variables that control various aspects of BootstrapVue's custom CSS at bootstrap-vue/src/_variables.scss. Note that BootstrapVue's custom SCSS relies on Bootstrap's SASS variables, functions, and mixins.

Generating custom themes

To use your own theme and colors in BootstrapVue, you will need to create a custom.scss file in your project, which you can include in your main app app.vue file:

Via template:

<style lang="scss">
  // Import custom SASS variable overrides, or alternatively
  // define your variable overrides here instead
  @import 'assets/custom-vars.scss';

  // Import Bootstrap and BootstrapVue source SCSS files
  @import '~bootstrap/scss/bootstrap.scss';
  @import '~bootstrap-vue/src/index.scss';

  // General style overrides and custom classes
  body {
    margin: 0;

  .my-widget {
    color: var(--danger);
  // ...

The custom-vars.scss file, which needs to be loaded before Bootstrap's SCSS and BootstrapVue's SCSS, will include your Bootstrap v4 variable overrides (i.e. colors, shadows, font sizes, breakpoints, etc.).

Via app main entry point:

Create an SCSS file with your custom theme variables which also imports Bootstrap and BootstrapVue's SCSS:

// File: custom.scss

// Define your variable overrides here
$enable-shadows: true;
$enable-gradients: true;
$grid-breakpoints: (
  xs: 0,
  sm: 456px,
  md: 789px,
  lg: 999px,
  xl: 1234px
$bv-enable-table-stacked: false;

// Include Bootstrap and BootstrapVue SCSS files
@import '~bootstrap/scss/bootstrap.scss';
@import '~bootstrap-vue/src/index.scss';

// General style overrides and custom classes
body {
  margin: 0;

.my-widget {
  color: var(--danger);
// ...

Then import that single SCSS file into your main app code entry point:

import 'custom.scss'

You can find all of the possible variables in node_modules/bootstrap/scss/_variables.scss.

Do not forget to include sass and sass-loader to use scss in Vue:

npm install --save-dev sass sass-loader

Note: You may need to adjust the SCSS import paths based on your build environment.

For an example of creating custom theme colors, see the Creating custom variants section in the Color variants reference page.

CSS variables

Bootstrap's SCSS generates around two dozen CSS custom properties (variables) in the compiled CSS. These provide easy access to commonly used values like theme colors, breakpoints, and primary font stacks when working in your browser’s Inspector, a code sandbox, or general prototyping.

Available Bootstrap CSS variables

Here are the CSS variables that are generated. The values shown are based on the Bootstrap v4 defaults:

:root {
  --blue: #007bff;
  --indigo: #6610f2;
  --purple: #6f42c1;
  --pink: #e83e8c;
  --red: #dc3545;
  --orange: #fd7e14;
  --yellow: #ffc107;
  --green: #28a745;
  --teal: #20c997;
  --cyan: #17a2b8;
  --white: #fff;
  --gray: #6c757d;
  --gray-dark: #343a40;
  --primary: #007bff;
  --secondary: #6c757d;
  --success: #28a745;
  --info: #17a2b8;
  --warning: #ffc107;
  --danger: #dc3545;
  --light: #f8f9fa;
  --dark: #343a40;
  --breakpoint-xs: 0;
  --breakpoint-sm: 576px;
  --breakpoint-md: 768px;
  --breakpoint-lg: 992px;
  --breakpoint-xl: 1200px;
  --font-family-sans-serif: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Helvetica Neue',
    Arial, sans-serif, 'Apple Color Emoji', 'Segoe UI Emoji', 'Segoe UI Symbol';
  --font-family-monospace: SFMono-Regular, Menlo, Monaco, Consolas, 'Liberation Mono',
    'Courier New', monospace;

By setting SASS variables and maps, and recompiling the SCSS, the above generated SCSS variables will also be updated.


CSS variables offer similar flexibility to SASS’s variables, but without the need for compilation before being served to the browser. For example, here we are resetting our page’s font and link styles, as well as creating a custom class that uses theme colors, via the use of CSS variables.

body {
  font: 1rem/1.5 var(--font-family-sans-serif);

a {
  color: var(--blue);

.custom-class {
  color: var(--primary);
  background-color: var(--dark);

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