How to use Bootstrap in a Reactjs project

Styling is a little bit different in Reactjs, so you cannot use Bootstrap in a traditional way. In this tutorial I’m going to show you an easy way to add Bootstrap to a Reacjs project. As we can’t use the traditional Bootstrap we have to use another version called React-Bootstrap, it’s basically the same framework, but it was rebuilt so we can use it with React. You can install it in your project via:

npm install --save react-bootstrap

React-bootstrap doesn’t come with the CSS, so you have to add it manually to your index.html:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/latest/css/bootstrap.min.css">

Ok, we’re already done with the setup. Now we’re ready to import the components and start using them. To give you an example of how to do that I’m going to import the Bootstrap FormControl component and use it in my project.

import React, { Component } from 'react';
import FormControl from '../node_modules/react-bootstrap/lib/FormControl';
 
class Field extends Component {
  render() {
    return (
        <FormControl type="text"/> //<-- This is equivalent to <input class="form-control" type="text"/>
    );
  }

Note that in line 2 I’m importing the FromControl from the react-bootstrap folder inside the node_modules. I recommend you to check this folder so you can see all the components you have available. If you run your project now you’ll see the bootstrap input you’re used to.

That’s pretty much it, of course not every react-boostrap component will be as simple as this one, so if you have any doubts on how to use them please let me know in the comments.

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