Avatars are a BootstrapVue custom component, and are typically used to display a user profile as a picture, an icon, or short text. <b-avatar> provides several props for customizing its appearance such as color variant and roundness, and optionally supports acting as a button, link or router link.


Avatars are lightweight functional components, which render inline by default, so that they are vertically centered beside any adjoining plain text. They also can be used as children of other components.

The <b-avatar> component was added in BootstrapVue version v2.8.0.

    <p>Using stand-alone:<p/>
    <div class="mb-4">
      <b-avatar variant="primary" text="BV"></b-avatar>
      <b-avatar variant="info" src="https://placekitten.com/300/300"></b-avatar>
      <b-avatar variant="success" icon="people-fill"></b-avatar>
    <p>Using in components (list group) example:<p/>
    <b-list-group style="max-width: 300px;">
      <b-list-group-item class="d-flex align-items-center">
        <b-avatar class="mr-3"></b-avatar>
        <span class="mr-auto">J. Circlehead</span>
      <b-list-group-item class="d-flex align-items-center">
        <b-avatar variant="primary" text="BV" class="mr-3"></b-avatar>
        <span class="mr-auto">BootstrapVue</span>
      <b-list-group-item class="d-flex align-items-center">
        <b-avatar variant="info" src="https://placekitten.com/300/300" class="mr-3"></b-avatar>
        <span class="mr-auto">Super Kitty</span>
      <b-list-group-item class="d-flex align-items-center">
        <b-avatar variant="success" icon="people-fill" class="mr-3"></b-avatar>
        <span class="mr-auto">ACME group</span>

<!-- b-avatar.vue -->

Avatar types

The avatar content can be either a short text string, an image, or an icon. Avatar content defaults to the 'person-fill' icon when no other content is specified.

Text content

You can specify a short string as the content of an avatar via the text prop. The string should be short (1 to 3 characters), and will be transformed via CSS to be all uppercase. The font size will be scaled relative to the size prop setting.

  <div class="mb-2">
    <b-avatar text="BV"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar text="a"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar text="Foo"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar text="BV" size="4rem"></b-avatar>

<!-- b-avatar-text.vue -->

Image content

Use the src prop to specify a URL of an image to use as the avatar content. The image should have an aspect ratio of 1:1 (meaning the width and height should be equal), otherwise image aspect distortion will occur. The image will be scaled up or down to fit withing the avatar's bounding box, and will be sized to show the avatar's variant background around the edge.

  <div class="mb-2">
    <b-avatar src="https://placekitten.com/300/300"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar src="https://placekitten.com/300/300" size="6rem"></b-avatar>

<!-- b-avatar-src.vue -->


  • When using a module bundler and project relative image URLs, please refer to the Component img src resolving reference section for additional details.
  • The src prop takes precedence over the text prop.

Icon content

Easily use one of BootstrapVue's icons as the avatar content via the icon prop. The prop should be set to a valid icon name. Icons will scale respective to the size prop.

  <div class="mb-2">
    <b-avatar icon="people-fill"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar icon="star-fill"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar icon="music-note"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar icon="star-fill" size="4em"></b-avatar>

<!-- b-avatar-icon.vue -->


  • When providing a BootstrapVue icon name, you must ensure that you have registered the corresponding icon component (either locally to your component/page, or globally), if not using the full BootstrapVueIcons plugin.
  • The icon prop takes precedence over the text and src props.
  • If the text, src, or icon props are not provided and the default slot has no content, then the person-fill icon will be used.

Custom content

Use the default slot to render custom content in the avatar, for finer grained control of its appearance, or if using custom icons or SVGs e.g.:



  • The default slot takes precedence over the text, src and icon props.
  • The default slot content will be wrapped in a <span> element to ensure proper centering.
  • You may need additional styling applied to the custom content to compensate for the shape of avatar component.



Use the variant prop to specify one of Bootstrap theme variant colors. The default variant is secondary.

    <b-avatar variant="secondary"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar variant="primary"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar variant="dark"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar variant="light"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar variant="success"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar variant="danger"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar variant="warning"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar variant="info"></b-avatar>

<!-- b-avatar-variant.vue -->

If you have defined additional custom variants via SASS theming variables, the custom variants will also be available to use.


By default, avatars are sized to 2.5em (which is relative to the current font size). You can change the size of the avatar by changing the current font size, or use the prop size to specify an explicit size. The sizes sm, md and lg default to 1.5em, 2.5em and 3.5em. Numbers get converted to pixel values. Any other value must include the units (such as px, em, or rem).

    <b-avatar size="sm"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar size="lg"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar :size="24"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar size="3em"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar size="72px"></b-avatar>

<!-- b-avatar-size.vue -->

Note: Avatars are always rendered with an aspect ratio of 1:1.


Prefer a square avatar? simply set the square prop to true.

    <b-avatar square></b-avatar>

<!-- b-avatar-square.vue -->


<b-avatar> renders with a circular border radius. You can change the rounding by setting the prop rounded to one of the values true, 'sm', 'lg', 'top', 'left', 'right', or 'bottom'. When set to true (or the empty string ''), it uses the Bootstrap default of medium rounding.

  <div style="font-size: 2rem;">
    <b-avatar rounded="sm"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar rounded></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar rounded="lg"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar rounded="top"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar rounded="left"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar rounded="right"></b-avatar>
    <b-avatar rounded="bottom"></b-avatar>

<!-- b-avatar-rounding.vue -->


  • The square prop takes precedence over the rounded prop.
  • Alternatively to to the square prop, you can set the rounded prop to the string '0' to achieve a square avatar.


By default <b-avatar> will be vertically centered with its adjoining content. In some cases you may want to alter the alignment, such as ensuring that a text-only avatar aligns its text with the adjoining text. Simply set a vertical alignment utility class on the component, such as <b-avatar class="align-baseline" ...> or <b-avatar class="align-top" ...>, etc.

Actionable avatars

Easily create avatars that respond to clicks, or avatars that change the URL/route when clicked. Actionable avatars will appear in the document tab sequence, and are accessible for both screen reader and keyboard-only users.


Want to trigger the opening of a modal or trigger an action? Set the button prop to instruct <b-avatar> to render as a <button> element. When rendered as a button, the component will emit the click event whenever clicked.

    <b-avatar button @click="onClick" variant="primary" text="FF" class="align-baseline"></b-avatar>
    Button Avatar

  export default {
    methods: {
      onClick() {
        this.$bvModal.msgBoxOk('User name: Fred Flintstone', {
          title: 'User Info',
          size: 'sm',
          buttonSize: 'sm',
          okVariant: 'success',
          headerClass: 'p-2 border-bottom-0',
          footerClass: 'p-2 border-top-0'

<!-- b-avatar-button.vue -->

The prop button-type can be used to control the type of button to render. Supported values are 'button' (the default), 'submit', or 'reset'.

Fancy an avatar as a link or router link? Simply set either the href or to props (respectively). The to prop can either be a string path, or a Location object. The to prop requires that Vue router (or equivalent) be installed.

    <b-avatar href="#foobar"variant="info" src="https://placekitten.com/300/300"></b-avatar>
    Link Avatar

<!-- b-avatar-href.vue -->


  • The button prop takes precedence over the href and to props.
  • For additional details on the <router-link> compatible props, please refer to the Router support reference section.


Use the aria-label prop to provide an accessible, screen reader friendly, label for your avatar.

While the click event is emitted regardless if the button, href, or to props are set, it is highly recommended to use the button prop when the click event should trigger an action (or use the to or href props when changing routes or changing URLs) for accessibility reasons.

Implementation notes

Avatars are based upon <b-badge> and <b-button> components, and as such, rely upon Bootstrap's badge-* and btn-* variant classes, as well as the rounded-* utility classes.

<b-avatar> also requires BootstrapVue's custom CSS for proper styling.

Component reference


Property (Click to sort Ascending)TypeDefaultDescription
src StringImage URL to use for the avatar
text StringText to place in the avatar
icon StringIcon name to use for the avatar. Must be all lowercase. Defaults to `person-fill` if `text` or `src` props not provided
alt v2.9.0+ String'avatar'Value to place in the 'alt' attribute for image and icon avatars
variant String'secondary'Applies one of the Bootstrap theme color variants to the component
size Number or StringSize of the avatar. Refer to the documentation for details
square BooleanfalseDisables rounding of the avatar, rending the avatar with square corners
rounded Boolean or StringfalseSpecifies the type of rounding to apply to the avatar. The `square` prop takes precedence. Refer to the documentation for details
button BooleanfalseWhen set to `true`, renders the avatar as a button
button-type String'button'Type of button to render (i.e. `button`, `submit`, `reset`). Has no effect if prop button is not set
href StringDenotes the target URL of the link for standard a links
to String or Objectrouter-link prop: Denotes the target route of the link. When clicked, the value of the to prop will be passed to router.push() internally, so the value can be either a string or a Location descriptor object
append Booleanfalserouter-link prop: Setting append prop always appends the relative path to the current path
replace Booleanfalserouter-link prop: Setting the replace prop will call 'router.replace()' instead of 'router.push()' when clicked, so the navigation will not leave a history record
disabled BooleanfalseWhen set to 'true', disables the component's functionality and places it in a disabled state
rel StringSets the 'rel' attribute on the rendered link
target StringSets the 'target' attribute on the rendered link
active-class Stringrouter-link prop: Configure the active CSS class applied when the link is active. Typically you will want to set this to class name 'active'
exact Booleanfalserouter-link prop: The default active class matching behavior is inclusive match. Setting this prop forces the mode to exactly match the route
exact-active-class Stringrouter-link prop: Configure the active CSS class applied when the link is active with exact match. Typically you will want to set this to class name 'active'
no-prefetch Booleanfalsenuxt-link prop: To improve the responsiveness of your Nuxt.js applications, when the link will be displayed within the viewport, Nuxt.js will automatically prefetch the code splitted page. Setting 'no-prefetch' will disabled this feature for the specific link
aria-label StringSets the value of 'aria-label' attribute on the rendered element

<b-avatar> supports generating <router-link> or <nuxt-link> component (if using Nuxt.js). For more details on the router link (or nuxt link) specific props, see the Router support reference section.


Slot NameDescription
default Content to place in the avatar. Overrides props `text`, `src`, and `icon-name`


  1. evt - Native event object
Emitted when the avatar is clicked (when rendered as a button or link)

Importing individual components

You can import individual components into your project via the following named exports:

ComponentNamed ExportImport Path


import { BAvatar } from 'bootstrap-vue'
Vue.component('b-avatar', BAvatar)

Importing as a Vue.js plugin

This plugin includes all of the above listed individual components. Plugins also include any component aliases.

Named ExportImport Path


import { AvatarPlugin } from 'bootstrap-vue'