Documentation and examples for adding custom Bootstrap-Vue tooltips, using Bootstrap V4 CSS for styling and animations. Tooltips can be triggered by hovering, focusing, or clicking an element

Use the v-b-tooltip directive on any element or component where you would like a tooltip to appear.

<div class="text-center my-3">
  <b-btn v-b-tooltip.hover title="Tooltip content">Hover Me</b-btn>

<!-- tooltip-example-sample.vue -->


Things to know when using tooltips:

  • Tooltips rely on the 3rd party library Popper.js for positioning. The library is bundled wit Bootstrap-Vue!
  • Tooltips with zero-length titles are never displayed.
  • Specify container: 'body' (default) to avoid rendering problems in more complex components (like input groups, button groups, etc).
  • Triggering tooltips on hidden elements will not work.
  • Tooltips for disabled elements must be triggered on a wrapper element.
  • When triggered from hyperlinks that span multiple lines, tooltips will be centered. Use white-space: nowrap; on your <a>s, <b-link>s and <router-link>s to avoid this behavior.
  • Tooltips must be hidden before their corresponding elements have been removed from the DOM.


Twelve options are available for positioning: top, topleft, topright, right, righttop, rightbottom, bottom, bottomleft, bottomright, left, lefttop, and leftbottom aligned. The default position is top. Positioning is relative to the trigger element.

Live example

    <b-row class="text-center">
      <b-col md="3" class="py-3">
        <b-btn"'ToolTip!'" variant="primary">Top</b-btn>
      <b-col md="3" class="py-3">
        <b-btn v-b-tooltip.hover.right="'ToolTip!'" variant="primary">Right</b-btn>
      <b-col md="3" class="py-3">
        <b-btn v-b-tooltip.hover.left="'ToolTip!'" variant="primary">Left</b-btn>
      <b-col md="3" class="py-3">
        <b-btn v-b-tooltip.hover.bottom="'ToolTip!'" variant="primary">Bottom</b-btn>

<!-- tooltip-positioning.vue -->


Tooltips can be triggered (opened/closed) via any combination of click, hover and focus. The default trigger is hover focus.

If a tooltip has more than one trigger, then all triggers must be cleared before the tooltip will close. I.e. if a tooltip has the trigger focus click, and it was opened by focus, and the user then clicks the trigger element, they must click it again and move focus to close the tooltip.

    <b-row class="text-center">
      <b-col md="3" class="py-3">
        <b-btn v-b-tooltip="'ToolTip!'" variant="outline-success">Hover + Focus</b-btn>
      <b-col md="3" class="py-3">
        <b-btn v-b-tooltip.hover="'ToolTip!'" variant="outline-success">Hover</b-btn>
      <b-col md="3" class="py-3">
        <b-btn"'ToolTip!'" variant="outline-success">Click</b-btn>
      <b-col md="3" class="py-3">
        <b-btn v-b-tooltip.focus="'ToolTip!'" variant="outline-success">Focus</b-btn>

<!-- tooltip-triggers.vue -->

Dismiss on next click

Use both click and blur if you would like a tooltip that opens only on click of the element, but will close when anything else in the document is clicked or receives focus.

Note that your elment must be in the document tab sequence for this to work. If your element is not tabable, add the tabindex="0" attribute to the element.

Title content

There are seveal options for providing the title of a tooltip.

By default, tooltip will ue the title attribute of the element as the tooltip content. The title can also be passed as an object to v-b-tooltip in the form of

   title: 'This is the title',

If your title content has basic HTML markup, then you will also need to set the html property to true, or use the diretive modifier html

// Object format with HTML:
   title: 'This is the <string>title</strong>',
   html: true

Title can also be a function reference, which is called each time the tooltip is opened.

    <b-row class="text-center">
      <b-col md="3" class="py-3">
        <b-btn v-b-tooltip.hover title="Tip from title attribute" variant="success">Title</b-btn>
      <b-col md="3" class="py-3">
        <b-btn v-b-tooltip.hover="'String Tip'" variant="success">String</b-btn>
      <b-col md="3" class="py-3">
        <b-btn v-b-tooltip.hover.html="tipData" variant="success">Data</b-btn>
      <b-col md="3" class="py-3">
        <b-btn v-b-tooltip.hover.html="tipMethod" variant="success">Method</b-btn>

export default {
  data () {
    return {
      tipData: 'Tooltip <em>Message</em>'
  methods: {
    tipMethod () {
      return '<strong>' + new Date() + '</string>'

<!-- tooltip-content.vue -->

Directive syntax and usage


Where [container] can be (optional)

  • An element ID (minus the #) to place the tooltip markup in
  • If not provided, tooltips are appended to the body. If the trigger element is inside a modal, the tooltip will be appended to the modal's container

Where [modX] can be (all optional):

  • Positioning: top, bottom, left, right, auto, topleft, topright, bottomleft, bottomright, lefttop, leftbottom, righttop, or rightbottom (last one found wins, defaults to top)
  • Event trigger: click, hover, focus, blur (if none specified, defaults to focus and hover. blur is a close handler only, and if specified by itself, will be converted to focus)
  • nofade to turn off animation
  • html to enable rendering raw HTML. by default HTML is escaped and converted to text
  • A delay value in the format of d### (where ### is in ms, defaults to 0);
  • An offset value in pixels in the format of o### (where ### is the number of pixels, defaults to 0. Negative values allowed)
  • A boundary setting of window or viewport. The element to constrain the visual placement of the tooltip. If not specified, the boundary defaults to the trigger element's scroll parent (in most cases this will suffice).

Where <value> can be (optional):

  • A string containing the title of the tooltip
  • A function reference to generate the title of the tooltip (receives one arg which is a reference to the DOM element triggering the tooltip)
  • An object containing more complex configuration of tooltip, See below for accepted object properties:

Options configuration object properties:

Property Type Default Description
animation boolean true Apply a CSS fade transition to the tooltip
container string or Element or false false Appends the tooltip to a specific element. Example: container: 'body'. This option is particularly useful in that it allows you to position the tooltip in the flow of the document near the triggering element - which will prevent the tooltip from floating away from the triggering element during a window resize. When set to false the tooltip will be appended to body, or if the trigger element is inside a modal it will append to the modal's container.
delay Number or Object 0 Delay showing and hiding the tooltip (ms). If a number is supplied, delay is applied to both hide/show. Object structure is: delay: { "show": 500, "hide": 100 }
html Boolean false Allow HTML in the tooltip. If true, HTML tags in the tooltip's title will be rendered in the tooltip. If false, the titkle will be inserted as plain text. Use text if you're worried about XSS attacks.
placement String or Function 'top' How to position the tooltip - auto, top, bottom, left, right, topleft, topright, bottomleft, bottomright, lefttop, leftbottom, righttop, or rightbottom. When auto is specified, it will dynamically reorient the tooltip.
template String '<div class="tooltip" role="tooltip"> <div class="arrow"></div> <div class="tooltip-inner"></div> </div>' Base HTML to use when creating the tooltip. The tooltip's title will be injected into the .tooltip-inner, while .arrow will become the tooltip's arrow. The outermost wrapper element should have the .tooltip class.
title String or Element or function '' Default title value if title attribute isn't present. If a function is given, it must return a string.
trigger String 'hover focus' How tooltip is triggered: click, hover, focus. You may pass multiple triggers; separate them with a space.
offset Number or String 0 Offset of the tooltip relative to its target. For more information refer to Popper.js's offset docs.
fallbackPlacement String or Array 'flip' Allow to specify which position Popper will use on fallback. For more information refer to Popper.js's behavior docs
boundary String or HTMLElement reference 'scrollParent' The container that the tooltip will be constrained visually. The default should suffice in most cases, but you may need to chagne this if your target element is in a small container with overflow scroll. Supported values: 'scrollParent' (default), 'viewport', 'window', or a reference to an HTML element.


Simplest usage:

v-b-tooltip="'This is a Tooltip!'"

or use the element's title attribute for the tooltip content:

v-b-tooltip title="This is a title Tooltip"

Placement examples:


Trigger examples:

v-b-tooltip.hover  => Hover only  => Click only
v-b-tooltip.hover.focus => Both hover and focus


v-b-tooltip.hover.bottom  => Show on hover and place at bottom
v-b-tooltip.bottom.hover  => Same as above


v-b-tooltip="{title: 'Title', placement: 'bottom'}"

Hiding and showing tooltips via $root events

You can close (hide) all open tooltips by emitting the bv::hide::tooltip event on $root:


To close a specific tooltip, pass the trigger element's id as the first argument:

this.$root.$emit('bv::show::tooltip', 'my-trigger-button-id');

To open a specific tooltip, pass the trigger element's id as the first argument when emitting the bv::show::tooltip $root event:

this.$root.$emit('bv::show::tooltip', 'my-trigger-button-id');

To open all popovers simultaneously, omit the id argument when emitting the bv::show::tooltip event.

These events work for both the component and directive versions of tooltip.

Note the trigger element must exist in the DOM and be in a visible state in order for the tooltip to show.

Disabling and enabling tooltips via $root events

You can disable all open tooltips by emitting the bv::disable::tooltip event on $root:


To disable a specific tooltip, pass the trigger element's id as the first argument:

this.$root.$emit('bv::disable::tooltip', 'my-trigger-button-id');

To enable a specific tooltip, pass the trigger element's id as the first argument when emitting the bv::enable::tooltip $root event:

this.$root.$emit('bv::enable::tooltip', 'my-trigger-button-id');

To enable all popovers simultaneously, omit the id argument when emitting the bv::enable::tooltip event.

These events work for both the component and directive versions of tooltip.

Note the trigger element must exist in the DOM in order for the tooltip to be enabled or disabled.

See also

Directive reference

Importing Individual Directives

DirectiveImport Path


import vBTooltip from 'bootstrap-vue/es/directives/tooltip/tooltip';
Vue.directive('b-tooltip', vBTooltip);
// Note Vue automatically prefixes the directive name with 'v-'

Importing Tooltip as a Vue plugin

This plugin includes all of the above listed individual directives.

import { Tooltip } from 'bootstrap-vue/es/directives';