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Bootstrap in SCSS

Bootstrap in SCSS


In Bootstrap 3, theming was largely driven by variable overrides in LESS, custom CSS, and a separate theme stylesheet that we included in our dist files. With some effort, one could completely redesign the look of Bootstrap 3 without touching the core files. Bootstrap 4 provides a familiar, but slightly different approach.

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


Utilize our source Sass files to take advantage of variables, maps, mixins, and more.


Import Bootstrap into a Sass file (for example, application.scss) to get all of Bootstrap's styles, mixins and variables, by copying the following code:

$icon-font-path: "./fonts/bootstrap/";
@import "bootstrap-variables";
@import "bootstrap";

You can also include optional Bootstrap theme:

@import "bootstrap/theme";


By default, all of Bootstrap is imported.

You can change which components are imported by commenting out lines in  "_bootstrap.scss"

The full list of Bootstrap variables can be found here. You can override these by simply editing the bootstrap-variables.sass file, redefining the variable before the main @import directive.

Note:Bootstrap requires the use of Autoprefixer, for full compatibilty. Autoprefixer adds vendor prefixes to CSS rules using values from Can I Use.

To match upstream Bootstrap's level of browser compatibility, you might want to set Autoprefixer's browsers option to:

  "Android 2.3",
  "Android >= 4",
  "Chrome >= 20",
  "Firefox >= 24",
  "Explorer >= 8",
  "iOS >= 6",
  "Opera >= 12",
  "Safari >= 6"