css – Bootstrap 4 align navbar items to the right

The Question :

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How do I align a navbar item to right?

I want to have the login and register to the right. But everything I try does not seem to work.

Picture of Navbar

This is what I have tried so far:

  • <div> around the <ul> with the atribute: style="float: right"
  • <div> around the <ul> with the atribute: style="text-align: right"
  • tried those two things on the <li> tags
  • tried all those things again with !important added to the end
  • changed nav-item to nav-right in the <li>
  • added a pull-sm-right class to the <li>
  • added a align-content-end class to the <li>

This is my code:

<div id="app" class="container">
  <nav class="navbar navbar-toggleable-md navbar-light bg-faded">
    <button class="navbar-toggler navbar-toggler-right" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarNavDropdown" aria-controls="navbarNavDropdown" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
      <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
    </button>
    <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Navbar</a>
    <ul class="navbar-nav">
      <li class="nav-item active">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Features</a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Pricingg</a>
      </li>
    </ul>
    <ul class="navbar-nav " >
      <li  class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="{{ url('/login') }}">Login</a>
      </li>
      <li  class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="{{ url('/register') }}">Register</a>
      </li>
    </ul>
  </nav>
  @yield('content')
</div>

The Question Comments :
  • Navbars are built with flexbox from alpha 6 version.
  • Yes, so what do I have to do to get it to align to the right. I’ve already tried a couple flexbox things without any luck. :/

The Answer 1

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Bootstrap 4 has many different ways to align navbar items. float-right won’t work because the navbar is now flexbox.

You can use mr-auto for auto right margin on the 1st (left) navbar-nav. Alternatively, ml-auto could be used on the 2nd (right) navbar-nav , or if you just have a single navbar-nav.

<nav class="navbar navbar-expand-md navbar-light bg-light">
    <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Navbar</a>
    <button class="navbar-toggler" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarNav">
        <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
    </button>
    <div class="collapse navbar-collapse" id="navbarNav">
        <ul class="navbar-nav mr-auto">
            <li class="nav-item active">
                <a class="nav-link" href="#">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a>
            </li>
            <li class="nav-item">
                <a class="nav-link" href="#">Features</a>
            </li>
            <li class="nav-item">
                <a class="nav-link" href="#">Pricing</a>
            </li>
        </ul>
        <ul class="navbar-nav">
            <li class="nav-item">
                <a class="nav-link" href="#">Login</a>
            </li>
            <li class="nav-item">
                <a class="nav-link" href="#">Register</a>
            </li>
        </ul>
    </div>
</nav>

https://codeply.com/go/P0G393rzfm

There are also flexbox utils. For example use justify-content-end on the collapse menu:

<nav class="navbar navbar-expand-lg navbar-dark bg-dark">
  <div class="container-fluid">
    <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Brand</a>
    <button class="navbar-toggler" type="button" data-bs-toggle="collapse" data-bs-target="#navbarNav">
      <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
    </button>
    <div class="collapse navbar-collapse justify-content-end" id="navbarNav">
      <ul class="navbar-nav">
        <li class="nav-item">
          <a class="nav-link active" aria-current="page" href="#">Contact</a>
        </li>
        <li class="nav-item">
          <a class="nav-link" href="#">Pricing</a>
        </li>
        <li class="nav-item">
          <a class="nav-link" href="#">Download</a>
        </li>
      </ul>
    </div>
  </div>
</nav>

Or when you have 2 navbar-navs, use justify-content-between in navbar-collapse would work to even the space between the navbar-navs:

 <div class="navbar-collapse collapse justify-content-between">
     <ul class="navbar-nav mr-auto">
               ..
     </ul>
     <ul class="navbar-nav">
           ..
     </ul>
 </div>


Update for Bootstrap 4.0 and newer

As of Bootstrap 4 beta, ml-auto will still work to push items to the right. Just be aware the the navbar-toggleable- classes have changed to navbar-expand-*

Updated navbar right for Bootstrap 4


Another frequent Bootstrap 4 Navbar right alignment scenario includes a button on the right that remains outside the mobile collapse nav so that it is always shown at all widths.

Right align button that is always visible

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Related: Bootstrap NavBar with left, center or right aligned items


Update for Bootstrap 5 (see this question). ml-auto has been replaced with ms-auto to represent start instead of left.

The Answer 2

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In my case, I wanted just one set of navigation buttons / options and found that this will work:

<div class="collapse navbar-collapse justify-content-end" id="navbarCollapse">
  <ul class="navbar-nav">
    <li class="nav-item">
      <a class="nav-link" href="#">Sign Out</a>
    </li>
  </ul>
</div>

So, you will add justify-content-end to the div and omit mr-auto on the list.

Here is a working example.

The Answer 3

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For those who is still struggling with this issue in BS4 simply try below code –

<ul class="navbar-nav ml-auto">

The Answer 4

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On Bootstrap 4

If you want to align brand to your left and all the navbar-items to right, change the default mr-auto to ml-auto

<ul class="navbar-nav ml-auto">

The Answer 5

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On Bootsrap 4.0.0-beta.2, none of the answers listed here worked for me. Finally, the Bootstrap site gave me the solution, not via its doc but via its page source code…

Getbootstrap.com align their right navbar-nav to the right with the help of the following class: ml-md-auto.

The Answer 6

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Use ml-auto instead of mr-auto after applying nav justify-content-end to the ul

The Answer 7

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Use this code to move items to the right.

<div class="collapse navbar-collapse justify-content-end">

The Answer 8

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Just add mr-auto class at ul:

<ul class="nav navbar-nav mr-auto">

If you have menu list in both side you can do something like this:

<ul class="navbar-nav mr-auto">
  <li class="nav-item active">
    <a class="nav-link" href="#">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a>
  </li>
  <li class="nav-item">
    <a class="nav-link" href="#">Link</a>
  </li>
  <li class="nav-item">
    <a class="nav-link disabled" href="#">Disabled</a>
  </li>
</ul>
<ul class="navbar-nav ml-auto">
  <li class="nav-item active">
    <a class="nav-link" href="#">left 1</a>
  </li>
  <li class="nav-item">
    <a class="nav-link" href="#">left 2</a>
  </li>
  <li class="nav-item">
    <a class="nav-link disabled" href="#">left disable</a>
  </li>
</ul>

The Answer 9

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If you want Home, Features and Pricing on left immediately after your nav-brand, and then login and register on right then wrap the two lists in <div> and use .justify-content-between:

<div class="collapse navbar-collapse justify-content-between">
<ul>....</ul>
<ul>...</ul>
</div>

The Answer 10

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In bootstrap v4.3 just add ml-auto in <ul class="navbar-nav"> Ex:<ul class="navbar-nav ml-auto">

The Answer 11

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use the flex-row-reverse class

<nav class="navbar navbar-toggleable-md navbar-light">
    <div class="container">
        <button class="navbar-toggler navbar-toggler-right" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarNavAltMarkup" aria-controls="navbarNavAltMarkup" aria-expanded="false"
          aria-label="Toggle navigation">
            <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
        </button>
        <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">
            <i class="fa fa-hospital-o fa-2x" aria-hidden="true"></i>
        </a>
        <div class="collapse navbar-collapse flex-row-reverse" id="navbarNavAltMarkup">
            <ul class="navbar-nav">
                <li><a class="nav-item nav-link active" href="#" style="background-color:#666">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a</li>
                <li><a class="nav-item nav-link" href="#">Doctors</a></li>
                <li><a class="nav-item nav-link" href="#">Specialists</a></li>
                <li><a class="nav-item nav-link" href="#">About</a></li>
            </ul>
        </div>
    </div>
</nav>

The Answer 12

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It’s little change in boostrap 4. To align navbar to right side, you’ve to make only two changes. they are:

  1. in navbar-nav class add w-100 as navbar-nav w-100 to make width as 100
  2. in nav-item dropdown class add ml-auto as nav-item dropdown ml-auto to make margin left as auto.

If you didn’t understand, please refer the image that i’ve attached to this.

CodePen Link

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Full source code

<nav class="navbar navbar-expand-lg navbar-light bg-light">
  <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Navbar</a>
  <button class="navbar-toggler" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarNavDropdown" aria-controls="navbarNavDropdown" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
    <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
  </button>
  <div class="collapse navbar-collapse" id="navbarNavDropdown">
    <ul class="navbar-nav w-100">
      <li class="nav-item active">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Features</a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Pricing</a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item dropdown ml-auto">
        <a class="nav-link dropdown-toggle" href="#" id="navbarDropdownMenuLink" data-toggle="dropdown" aria-haspopup="true" aria-expanded="false">
          Dropdown link
        </a>
        <div class="dropdown-menu" aria-labelledby="navbarDropdownMenuLink">
          <a class="dropdown-item" href="#">Action</a>
          <a class="dropdown-item" href="#">Another action</a>
          <a class="dropdown-item" href="#">Something else here</a>
        </div>
      </li>
    </ul>  
  </div>
</nav>

The Answer 13

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For bootstrap 4.3.1, I was using nav-pills and nothing worked for me except this:

    <ul class="nav nav-pills justify-content-end ml-auto">
    <li ....</li>
    </ul>

The Answer 14

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I am running Angular 4 (v.4.0.0) and ng-bootstrap (Bootstrap 4). This code won’t all be relevant but hoping people can pick and choose what works. It took me sometime to find a solution to get my items to justify right, collapse properly and to implement a dropdown off my google (using OAuth) profile picture.

<div id="header" class="header">
  <nav class="navbar navbar-toggleable-sm navbar-inverse bg-faded fixed-top">
    <button class="navbar-toggler navbar-toggler-right" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarSupportedContent"
      aria-controls="navbarSupportedContent" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
    <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
  </button>
    <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">
          <img alt='Brand' src='../assets/images/logo-white.png' class='navbar-logo-img d-inline-block align-top '>
          <span class="navbar-logo-text">Oncoscape</span>
        </a>
    <div class="collapse navbar-collapse justify-content-end" id="navbarSupportedContent">
      <ul class="navbar-nav float-left">
        <a class="navbar-items nav-item nav-link active " *ngIf='authenticated' (click)='goDashboard()'>
          <span class="fa fa-dashboard"></span>Dashboard
        </a>
        <a class="nav-item nav-link navbar-items active" href="http://resources.sttrcancer.org/oncoscape-contact">
          <span class="fa fa-comments"></span>Feedback
        </a>
        <li class="nav-item dropdown">
          <a class="nav-link dropdown-toggle" id="navbarDropdownMenuLink" data-toggle="dropdown" aria-haspopup="true" aria-expanded="false">
            <img *ngIf='user &amp;&amp; authenticated'  class="navbar-pic" src={{user.thumbnail}} alt="Smiley face">
          </a>
          <div *ngIf='user &amp;&amp; authenticated' class="dropdown-menu " aria-labelledby="navbarDropdownMenuLink">
            <a class="dropdown-item" (click)="toProfile()">Account</a>
            <div class="dropdown-item">
              <app-login></app-login>
            </div>
          </div>
        </li>
      </ul>
    </div>
  </nav>
</div>
<router-outlet></router-outlet>

The Answer 15

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For Bootstrap 4 beta, sample navbar with elements aligned to the right side is:

<div id="app" class="container">
  <nav class="navbar navbar-expand-md navbar-light bg-faded">
    <button class="navbar-toggler navbar-toggler-right" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarNavDropdown" aria-controls="navbarNavDropdown" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
      <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
    </button>
    <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Navbar</a>
    <ul class="navbar-nav mr-auto">
      <li class="nav-item active">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Features</a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Pricingg</a>
      </li>
    </ul>
    <ul class="navbar-nav">
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="{{ url('/login') }}">Login</a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="{{ url('/register') }}">Register</a>
      </li>
    </ul>
  </nav>
</div>

The Answer 16

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Using the bootstrap flex box helps us to control the placement and alignment of your navigation element. for the problem above adding mr-auto is a better solution to it .

<div id="app" class="container">
  <nav class="navbar navbar-toggleable-md navbar-light bg-faded">
    <button class="navbar-toggler navbar-toggler-right" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarNavDropdown" aria-controls="navbarNavDropdown" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
      <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
    </button>
    <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Navbar</a>
    <ul class="navbar-nav mr-auto">
      <li class="nav-item active">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Features</a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Pricingg</a>
      </li>
    </ul>
    <ul class="navbar-nav  " >
      <li  class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="{{ url('/login') }}">Login</a>
      </li>
      <li  class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="{{ url('/register') }}">Register</a>
      </li>
    </ul>
  </nav>
  @yield('content')
</div>

other placement may include

fixed- top
    fixed bottom
    sticky-top

The Answer 17

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The working example for BS v4.0.0-beta.2:

<body>
    <nav class="navbar navbar-expand-md navbar-dark bg-dark">
      <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Navbar</a>
      <button class="navbar-toggler" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarNavDropdown" aria-controls="navbarNavDropdown" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
        <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
      </button>

      <div class="collapse navbar-collapse" id="navbarNavDropdown">
        <ul class="navbar-nav mr-auto">
          <li class="nav-item active">
            <a class="nav-link" href="#">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a>
          </li>
          <li class="nav-item">
            <a class="nav-link" href="#">Features</a>
          </li>
          <li class="nav-item">
            <a class="nav-link" href="#">Pricingg</a>
          </li>
        </ul>
        <ul class="navbar-nav">
          <li class="nav-item">
            <a class="nav-link" href="#">Login</a>
          </li>
          <li class="nav-item">
            <a class="nav-link" href="#">Register</a>
          </li>
        </ul>
      </div>
    </nav>


    <div class="container-fluid">
      container content
    </div>

    <!-- Optional JavaScript -->
    <!-- jQuery first, then Popper.js, then Bootstrap JS -->
    <script src="node_modules/jquery/dist/jquery.slim.min.js"></script>
    <script src="node_modules/popper.js/dist/umd/popper.min.js"></script>
    <script src="node_modules/bootstrap/dist/js/bootstrap.min.js"></script>
  </body>

The Answer 18

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If all above fails, I added 100% width to the navbar class in CSS. Until then mr auto wasn’t working for me on this project using 4.1.

The Answer 19

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Find the 69 line in the verndor-prefixes.less and write it following:

.panel {
    margin-bottom: 20px;
    height: 100px;
    background-color: #fff;
    border: 1px solid transparent;
    border-radius: 4px;
    -webkit-box-shadow: 0 1px 1px rgba(0,0,0,.05);
    box-shadow: 0 1px 1px rgba(0,0,0,.05);
}

The Answer 20

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Just copied this from one of the getbootstrap pages for the released version 4 which worked much better than the above

<div class="d-none d-xl-block col-xl-2 bd-toc float-md-right">
    <ul class="section-nav">
         <li class="toc-entry toc-h2"><a href="#overview">Overview</a></li>
         <li class="toc-entry toc-h2"><a href="#classes">Classes</a></li>
         <li class="toc-entry toc-h2"><a href="#mixins">Mixins</a></li>
         <li class="toc-entry toc-h2"><a href="#responsive">Responsive</a></li>
    </ul>
</div> 

The Answer 21

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I’m new to stack overflow and new to front end development. This is what worked for me. So I did not want list items to be displayed.

.hidden {
  display:none;
  } 
  
 #loginButton{
 
 margin-right:2px;
 
 }
<nav class="navbar navbar-toggleable-md navbar-light bg-faded fixed-top">
  <button class="navbar-toggler navbar-toggler-right" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarSupportedContent" aria-controls="navbarSupportedContent" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
    <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
  </button>
  <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">NavBar</a>

  <div class="collapse navbar-collapse" id="navbarSupportedContent">
    <ul class="navbar-nav mr-auto">
      <li class="nav-item active hidden">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item hidden">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Link</a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item hidden">
        <a class="nav-link disabled" href="#">Disabled</a>
      </li>
    </ul>
    <form class="form-inline my-2 my-lg-0">
      <button class="btn btn-outline-success my-2 my-sm-0" type="submit" id="loginButton"><a href="#">Log In</a></button>
      <button class="btn btn-outline-success my-2 my-sm-0" type="submit"><a href="#">Register</a></button>
    </form>
  </div>
</nav>

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