How to include Bootstrap in your project with Webpack

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Now that Bootstrap 4 has arrived, I thought I’d share an example configuration to include Bootstrap as part of the Webpack bundling process. This allows you to override the built-in variables and integrate Bootstrap components into your Webpack bundle.

The source code for this article is available on GitHub.

Basic setup

If you have not already, create a directory for your project. Initialize npm to create a package.json file, then install webpack locally.

$ mkdir bootstrap-webpack && cd bootstrap-webpack
$ npm init -y
$ npm install webpack --save-dev

Create the following directory structure for your project, separating the “source” code /src from our bundled “distribution” code /dist.

Project structure
  |- package.json
+ |- /dist
+   |- index.html
+ |- /src
+   |- app.js

Installing Bootstrap

Use the following command to install Bootstrap and its peer dependencies, jQuery and Popper:

$ npm install bootstrap jquery popper.js --save

If you choose to import Bootstrap’s JavaScript plugins individually as needed, you must also install exports-loader.

$ npm install exports-loader --save-dev

You’ll need to install the required loaders and postcss plugins for compiling and bundling Bootstrap precompiled Sass files.

$ npm install autoprefixer css-loader node-sass postcss-loader sass-loader style-loader --save-dev

Webpack configuration file

Create a webpack configuration file. The example configuration file included below assumes you’ll be using the Boostrap Sass source files as part of your project’s bundling process.

Project structure
  |- package.json
+ |- webpack.config.js
  |- /dist
    |- index.html
  |- /src
    |- app.js
const path = require('path');

module.exports = {
  entry: './src/app.js',
  output: {
    filename: 'bundle.js',
    path: path.resolve(__dirname, 'dist')
  module: {
    rules: [
        test: /\.(scss)$/,
        use: [
            // Adds CSS to the DOM by injecting a `<style>` tag
            loader: 'style-loader'
            // Interprets `@import` and `url()` like `import/require()` and will resolve them
            loader: 'css-loader'
            // Loader for webpack to process CSS with PostCSS
            loader: 'postcss-loader',
            options: {
              plugins: function () {
                return [
            // Loads a SASS/SCSS file and compiles it to CSS
            loader: 'sass-loader'

Importing Bootstrap JavaScript

Import Bootstrap’s JavaScript by adding this line to your app’s entry point /src/app.js:

import 'bootstrap';

Alternatively, you may import plugins individually as needed:

import 'bootstrap/js/dist/util';
import 'bootstrap/js/dist/dropdown';

Importing Bootstrap Sass

When importing Bootstrap’s Sass source files you can include all of Bootstrap, or pick only the parts you need. Update your project’s directory structure and create a new file /src/scss/app.scss.

Project structure
  |- package.json
  |- webpack.config.js
  |- /dist
    |- index.html
  |- /src
    |- app.js
+   |- /scss
+     |- app.scss

Import all of Bootstrap’s Sass by adding this line to app.scss

app.scss Include all of Bootstrap
@import "~bootstrap/scss/bootstrap";

Alternatively, you may import parts of Boostrap individually as needed. Note that Bootstrap’s functions, variables and mixins are required. See the boostrap.scss file for the full import stack.

app.scss Include parts of Bootstrap
// Required
@import "~bootstrap/scss/functions";
@import "~bootstrap/scss/variables";
@import "~bootstrap/scss/mixins";

// Optional
@import "~bootstrap/scss/reboot";
@import "~bootstrap/scss/type";
@import "~bootstrap/scss/images";
@import "~bootstrap/scss/code";
@import "~bootstrap/scss/grid";

Finally, include Bootstrap’s Sass in your bundle by adding this line to your app’s entry point /src/app.js:

import './scss/app.scss';

Bundling with Webpack

Edit your package.json file to add a npm script to run the webpack command.

    "name": "bootstrap-webpack",
    "version": "1.0.0",
    "description": "",
    "main": "index.js",
    "scripts": {
+     "build": "webpack",
      "test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1"
    "keywords": [],
    "author": "",
    "license": "MIT",
    "devDependencies": {
      "autoprefixer": "^7.2.5",
      "css-loader": "^0.28.9",
      "exports-loader": "^0.6.4",
      "node-sass": "^4.7.2",
      "postcss-loader": "^2.0.10",
      "precss": "^3.0.0",
      "sass-loader": "^6.0.6",
      "style-loader": "^0.19.1",
      "webpack": "^3.10.0"
    "dependencies": {
      "bootstrap": "^4.0.0",
      "jquery": "^3.2.1",
      "popper.js": "^1.12.9"

You may now use the npm run build command to build your bundle with Webpack.

Screenshot of npm run build

To test your bundle, create a new file /dist/index.html:

<!doctype html>
  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1, shrink-to-fit=no">
  <h1 class="display-1">Hello World</h1>
  <script src="./bundle.js"></script>

The components that were included in your bundle are available after the bundle.js script has loaded.