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Bootstrap Lists

In this tutorial you will learn how to style HTML lists with Bootstrap.

Creating Lists With Bootstrap

You can create three different types of HTML lists:

  • Unordered lists — A list of items in which the order does not explicitly matter. The list items in unordered lists are marked with bullets.
  • Ordered lists — A list of items in which the order does explicitly matter. The list items in ordered lists are marked with numbers, e.g. 1, ⅵ, etc.
  • Definition list — A list of terms with their associated descriptions.

See the tutorial on HTML Lists, to learn more about different lists types.


Unstyled Ordered and Unordered Lists

Sometimes you might need to remove the default styling form the list items. You can do this by simply applying the class .list-unstyled to the respective <ul> or <ol> elements.

<ul class="list-unstyled">
    <li>Home</li>
    <li>Products
        <ul>
            <li>Gadgets</li>
            <li>Accessories</li>
        </ul>
    </li>
    <li>About Us</li>
    <li>Contact</li>
</ul>

— The output of the above example will look something like this:

Note: The .list-unstyled class removes the default list-style and left padding only from the list items which are immediate children of the <ul> or <ol> element.


Placing Ordered and Unordered List Items Inline

If you want to create a horizontal menu using ordered or unordered list you need to place all list items in a single line i.e. side by side. You can do this by simply applying the class .list-inline to the respective <ul> or <ol>, and the class .list-inline-item to the <li> elements.

<ul class="list-inline">
    <li class="list-inline-item">Home</li>
    <li class="list-inline-item">Products</li>
    <li class="list-inline-item">About Us</li>
    <li class="list-inline-item">Contact</li>
</ul>

— The output of the above example will look something like this:


Creating Horizontal Definition Lists

The terms and descriptions in a definition list can also be aligned horizontally side-by-side using the Bootstrap grid system's predefined classes. Here's an example:

<dl class="row">
    <dt class="col-sm-3">User Agent</dt>
    <dd class="col-sm-9">An HTML user agent is any device that interprets HTML documents.</dd>
    <dt class="col-sm-3 text-truncate">Client-side Scripting</dt>
    <dd class="col-sm-9">Client-side scripting generally refers to the category of computer programs on the web that are executed by the user's web browser.</dd>
    <dt class="col-sm-3">Document Tree</dt>
    <dd class="col-sm-9">The tree of elements encoded in the source document.</dd>
</dl>

— The output of the above example will look something like this:

Note: For longer definition terms, you can optionally apply the class .text-truncate on the <dt> element to truncate the text with an ellipsis (…).

In the next chapter you will learn how to create even more flexible and complex list of elements using the Bootstrap list group component.

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