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 uses custom CSS (i.e. stacked tables, etc). Our custom CSS relies on variables defined the Bootstrap V4.x SCSS. The bootstrap-vue.css is compiled using the default Bootstrap V4.x variables. Using the BootstrapVue source SCSS, you can have your variable overrides (such as breakpoints, etc) adjust the custom BootstrapVue css.

Custom SCSS

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

Via template:

<style lang="scss">
  @import 'assets/custom.scss';
  @import '~bootstrap/scss/bootstrap.scss';
  @import '~bootstrap-vue/src/index.scss';

  body {
    margin: 0;
  // ...

Via app main entry point:

Create a 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

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

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

// app.js
import 'custom.scss'

The _custom.scss file, which needs to be loaded before Bootstrap's SCSS, will include your Bootstrap V4 variable overrides (i.e. colors, shadows, font sizes, breakpoints, etc). You can find all of the possible variables in node_modules/bootstrap/scss/_variables.scss.

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

npm install --save-dev node-sass sass-loader

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

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