Responsive design

Enabling responsive features

Turn on responsive CSS in your project by including the proper meta tag and additional stylesheet within the of your document. If you’ve compiled Bootstrap from the Customize page, you need only include the meta tag.

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
<link href="assets/css/bootstrap-responsive.css" rel="stylesheet">

Bootstrap doesn’t include responsive features by default at this time as not everything needs to be responsive. Instead of encouraging developers to remove this feature, we figure it best to enable it as needed.

About responsive Bootstrap

Media queries allow for custom CSS based on a number of conditions—ratios, widths, display type, etc—but usually focuses around min-width and max-width.

  • Modify the width of column in our grid
  • Stack elements instead of float wherever necessary
  • Resize headings and text to be more appropriate for devices

Use media queries responsibly and only as a start to your mobile audiences. For larger projects, do consider dedicated code bases and not layers of media queries.

Supported devices

Label Layout width Column width Gutter width
Large display 1200px and up 70px 30px
Default 980px and up 60px 20px
Portrait tablets 768px and above 42px 20px
Phones to tablets 767px and below Fluid columns, no fixed widths
Phones 480px and below Fluid columns, no fixed widths
/* Large desktop */
@media (min-width: 1200px) { ... }

/* Portrait tablet to landscape and desktop */
@media (min-width: 768px) and (max-width: 979px) { ... }
     
/* Landscape phone to portrait tablet */
@media (max-width: 767px) { ... }
     
/* Landscape phones and down */
@media (max-width: 480px) { ... }

Responsive utility classes

Class
Phones 767px and below Tablets 979px to 768px Desktops Default
.visible-phone
Visible
.visible-tablet
Visible
.visible-desktop
Visible
.hidden-phone
Visible Visible
.hidden-tablet
Visible Visible
.hidden-desktop
Visible Visible
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