Bootstrap 4: the Good Bits

Moving from Bootstrap 3 to Bootstrap 4 what things should we know…

Check this to see the migration guide moving from a bootstrap beta verstion to stable bootstrap 4

Reboot and Normalize.css

It uses reboot and normalize.css to be consistent across all browsers. This is built-in.


Display Heading can now be used for extra large headings, without having to explictly create a class for them.


<h1 class="display-1">Synergy Systems Online</h1>

display-1, dispaly-2, display-3 and display-4 can be used.

Lead Paragraphs

Make a paragraph stand out

<p class='lead'>Coming Soon, the company bringing Saas and data science solutions for your product</p>


Use Standard Containers

Just like boostrap 3, wrap your content in:

<div class="container">
<!-- Content here -->

You can also use .container-fluid.

Required for using the grid system


Hiding elements is completely different:

There is no longer a hidden-* class.

Now there is the .d-*-* class.

Eg. Hidden only on xs: .d-none .d-sm-block

Floating (Pull)

.pull-right and .pull-left are gone. These are now float

.float-left, .float-right and .float-none

You can also float on specific viewport sizes:

<div class="float-md-left">Float left on viewports sized MD (medium) or wider</div><br>


Offsets are no longer of the form: col-md-offset-2

They are now simply: offset-md-2

Media Query Ranges

Media Query ranges or breakpoints are now split into 5 groups.

xs: No minimum sm: >= 34em, >= 576px md: >= 48em, >= 720px lg: >= 62em, >= 940px xl: > 75em, >=1140px

Push and Pull Removed

push and pull modifiers have been removed in favour of order:

.col-8.push-4 becomes col-8.order-2 .col-4.pull-8 becomes .col-4.order-1


container > row > columns

1 to 12 columns per row

If you want equal spaced columns, you needn’t specify the size

<div class="container">
    <div class="row">
        <div class="col-sm">1</div>
        <div class="col-sm">2</div>
        <div class="col-sm">3</div>



Cards are a good addition. It is a common requirement that we used to have to build manually.

Fixing the navbar to the top uses .fixed-top instead of .fixed-navbar-top



Responsive Images

.img-responsive is no more. It is now .img-fluid

Image thumbnails give a rounded border to an image

<img src="..." alt="..." class="img-thumbnail">

Circle images:

Use the classes: .rounded-circle and .rounded


Text alignment

Seems to work the same as bootstrap 3…with: text-center, text-right, text-left and text-justify.

You can also specify alignment for viewport sizes eg. text-sm-left

Background Colours can be added to any element now. Something that was not in boostrap 1 as far as I know.

<div class="bg-info">

Background colours do not change text colour, use .text-* colour utilities

Contextual Text Colours

<p class="text-primary">.text-primary</p>
<p class="text-secondary">.text-secondary</p>
<p class="text-success">.text-success</p>
<p class="text-danger">.text-danger</p>
<p class="text-warning">.text-warning</p>
<p class="text-info">.text-info</p>
<p class="text-light bg-dark">.text-light</p>
<p class="text-dark">.text-dark</p>
<p class="text-body">.text-body</p>
<p class="text-muted">.text-muted</p>
<p class="text-white bg-dark">.text-white</p>
<p class="text-black-50">.text-black-50</p>
<p class="text-white-50 bg-dark">.text-white-50</p>


Spacing no longer do you have to set additional css styles for margins and padding to add a bit of space.

The format for spacing is {property}{sides}-{size} for all sizes. For breakpoints sm, md, lg, and xl use: {property}{sides}-{breakpoint}-{size}

Property is:

  • m - margin
  • p - padding

Sides is:

  • t - top
  • b - bottom
  • l - left
  • r - right
  • x - left and right
  • y - top and bottom
  • blank - for all 4 sides

Size is:

  • 0 - eliminates padding
  • auto - set the margin to auto
  • 1 - $spacer * 0.25
  • 2 - $spacer * 0.5
  • 3 - $space * 1
  • 4 - $spacer * 1.5
  • 5 - $spacer * 3

Size uses rem - root em which is a css unit relative to the fontsize of the root element, usually <html>


<div class="mt-3">