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Create Bootstrap 4 Tables

Like the Bootstrap 3 tables, the Bootstrap 4 also has built-in classes with added styles and enhancements for creating HTML tables in your web projects.

Simple table demo hover effect colored header
Customized table demo contextual classes Table caption

By using these built-in CSS classes, you may easily create simple tables, tables with header styles, stripped rows, colored rows with contextual classes etc. I will show you examples along with overriding the CSS table classes in Bootstrap 4 for customizing as per the need of your projects.

Creating first Bootstrap 4 table by .table class

Let us start with the basics. The Bootstrap 4 has .table class that you may use in the <table> tag. By default, the table is created with light-grey horizontal dividers as shown below:

Bootstrap 4 table simple

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The markup for this table:

For making month entries bold, these are given <th> tag with scope=”row”.

How to add hovering effect in rows?

By adding the table-hover class along with the .table class in the <table> tag, the hovering effect is added to the table. Open the example page by following the link below and hover over any row to see grey background:

Bootstrap 4 table hover

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Only this line of code is changed than above example:

<table class=”table table-hover”>

See the complete code on the demo page.

Stand out the table header example

By using Bootstrap 4 thead-dark or thead-light classes in the <thead> tag that contains table headers, the table header will stand out with dark or light grey, respectively. Have a look at both styles:

Dark grey header:

table header dark

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Following is the markup for dark header:

Rest of the mark up is the same as in above demos.

Light grey header:

table header light

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The <thead> tag:

<thead class=”thead-light”>

Customizing the table header classes’ example

If you want to change the color of table header from light grey to some other light color or dark color then you may override the built-in thead-light and thead-dark classes.

See the following example, where I changed the light grey to light orange background with dark orange border and text:

table header light custom

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The following CSS is used in the <style> section:

Make sure placing the CSS after the reference of Bootstrap CSS file for overriding the default class.

Overriding the thead-dark class example

For using some other darker theme for table header, override .thead-dark class as follows:

table header dark custom

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The CSS in style section after Bootstrap CSS:

Using dark theme for the whole table

Use the table-dark built-in class for creating the table with a dark background and light colored text. Just place this class along with .table in the <table> tag:

<table class=”table table-dark”>

Bootstrap4 dark table

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The markup for this example:

Customizing the dark color theme example

Again, you may like to change the dark color of the whole table yet using the built-in class names of Bootstrap 4. For customizing the color, get the table-dark and its border related classes as follows:

dark table custom

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The CSS:

A demo of creating table with striped rows

For adding zebra-stripping to the table rows, add the .table-striped class in the <table> tag. By using that, every other row is given a little dark-grey background.

Bootstrap4 table stripe

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You just need to add the class to <table> tag:

<table class=”table table-striped”>

Similarly, you may use it with the dark theme:

<table class=”table table-striped table-dark”>

Bootstrap 4 table stripe dark

Also, try a mix of dark theme with stripped rows and hover effect by using all classes in the <table> tag:

<table class=”table table-striped table-dark table-hover”>

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Create table with borders

For adding borders around the table and in the cells, use the .table-bordered class in the <table> tag. This should add the grayish border to all sides of the table and in the cells as well (for the light theme).

Have a look at the  demo below where I have created a table with borders, striped rows and hover effect in rows:

Bootstrap 4 table border

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The table markup:

A small table example by .table-sm class

If you require a small table with less padding in cells then use the .table-sm class in the table tag. This will reduce the cell padding by half. See a demo of using the table-sm class:

Bootstrap4 table small

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The table tag used as follows:

<table class=”table table-sm”>

Using contextual classes for coloring the rows or cells

To distinguish certain rows from the others or just adding style in your tables, you may use the built-in contextual classes in Bootstrap 4.

The following contextual classes are available:

  • .table-primary adds a bluish background.
  • .table-success adds green background which context can be the success.
  • table-secondary
  • table-dark
  • table-light
  • table-info – light blue color
  • table-warning – orange color
  • table-danger – red color for a dangerous action or information.

You may use these classes at row level e.g.

 <tr class=”table-primary”>

Or cell level:

<td class=”table-danger”>Your data</td>

See an example of using all context classes, first with rows:

table contextual class

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The markup:

The example of contextual classes at cell level

The following example shows using the contextual classes at cell level:

table contextual cell

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The markup:

I have also used the table-hover class in both examples, so you should also see darker contextual color as you hover mouse over any row or cell.

Adding caption for a table example

You may add the captions for describing the purpose of the tabular data so a user may have an immediate idea what this is about.

For that, use the caption tag under the <table> and it will be displayed towards the bottom of the table. Have a look at an example below:

table captions

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The markup:

See the complete code and output on the demo page.

How to create Bootstrap 4 based responsive tables?

Add a container (div) with the table-responsive class that acts as the wrapper for the <table> and it will create a horizontal bar if your table contains more columns than the available space. So, the table is always responsive.

See the following demo where I created a few dummy records just for the demo. If it fits your screen, then resize it till you can see the horizontal scrollbar.

table responsive

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The markup:

Using breakpoint specific classes for responsive tables

You may also use following built-in classes for displaying scrollbar till a specific breakpoint. The classes are:

  • .table-responsive-xl – Applies to less than 1200px
  • .table-responsive-lg – for <992px
  • .table-responsive-md – For less than 768px
  • .table-responsive-sm – Applies to screens less than 576 pixels.


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