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Bootstrap 4 Vertical Menu


Updated: An earlier draft of the post was for v4.0.0-alpha.4. A reader pointed out that the demo no longer worked with the latest update. The following example uses the current alpha release and is actually simpler and uses more native Bootstrap components.*

I know that Bootstrap 4.0 is only an alpha release, but as the Vertical Menu for Bootstrap 3 is pretty frequently visited, I thought I’d get started on the a Bootstrap 4 version.

For this example, I’m using Bootstrap v4.0.0-alpha.6. If you happen to notice anything not working, please comment and let me know and I’ll try to keep up with the Bootstrap releases.

Vertical menu – desktop view

Vertical menu – mobile view

For the demo, I’m going to attempt to keep the original html as close as I can to the Bootstrap examples listed in their documentation page. For the basic page layout, I used starter template found on the introduction page. From there I create a basic two column layout and added the example html for a Vertical nav. That gives us a very basic starter layout.

Now for just a couple small changes:

  • I added a wrapping <div> around the entire nav. The wrapping <div> has the class bootstrap-vertical-nav .
  • Added a link in the header to the bootstrap-vertical-menu.css file.
  • A button was added to toggle the collapsable object.
  • A <div> was placed around the vertical nav with the collapse class.
  • Lastly, I added a little extra CSS just to make it look pretty — but not necessary for functionality.

So, here’s the basic layout for the example.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <!-- Required meta tags always come first -->
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1, shrink-to-fit=no">
    <meta http-equiv="x-ua-compatible" content="ie=edge">

    <title>Bootstrap 4 - Vertical Menu Example</title>

    <!-- Bootstrap CSS -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/bootstrap.min.css">

    <!-- Bootstrap Vertical Nav -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/bootstrap-vertical-menu.css">

    <style type="text/css">
        body {
            font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;
            padding: 50px 0;

        h1 {
            font-weight: 200;

        @media (min-width: 768px) {
            .bootstrap-vertical-nav {
                margin-top: 50px;

<div class="container">
    <div class="row">
        <div class="col-md-4 col-lg-3">

            <div class="bootstrap-vertical-nav">

                <button class="btn btn-primary hidden-md-up" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#collapseExample" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="collapseExample">
                    <span class="">Menu</span>

                <div class="collapse" id="collapseExample">
                    <ul class="nav flex-column" id="exCollapsingNavbar3">
                        <li class="nav-item">
                            <a class="nav-link active" href="#">Active</a>
                        <li class="nav-item">
                            <a class="nav-link" href="#">Link</a>
                        <li class="nav-item">
                            <a class="nav-link" href="#">Link</a>
                        <li class="nav-item">
                            <a class="nav-link disabled" href="#">Disabled</a>


        <div class="col-md-8 col-lg-9">
            <h1>Bootstrap 4.0 Vertical Nav Example</h1>

            <hr />

            <div class="jumbotron">
                <h3>Using 4.0 Responsive Navbar</h3>
                <p>A simple example using the 4.0 Responsive Navbar to create a vertical menu that will switch to a mobile, collapsible menu.</p>
                <p><a href="" target="_blank">The blog article for this example can be found here</a>.</p>

            <hr />

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<!-- jQuery first, then Bootstrap JS. -->
<script src=""></script>
<script src="js/bootstrap.min.js"></script>

Contents of the bootstrap-vertical-menu.css file:

/* Creates a vertical nav starting at 768px (sm) */
@media (min-width: 768px) {
    .bootstrap-vertical-nav .collapse {
        display: block;

That’s really it. I know it’s not pretty and it doesn’t address dropdowns, but those will come in future updates. For now, please let me know if you have any improvements or questions.

View Bootstrap 4 Vertical Menu Example