bootstrap_form is a Rails form builder that makes it super easy to integrate Bootstrap 4 forms into your Rails application.

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  • Rails 5.0+
  • Bootstrap 4.0.0+


Add gem to your Gemfile and run bundle install

gem "comfy_bootstrap_form", "~> 4.0.0"


Here's a simple example:

<%= bootstrap_form_with model: @user do |form| %>
  <%= form.email_field :email %>
  <%= form.password_field :password %>
  <%= form.check_box :remember_me %>
  <%= form.submit "Log In" %>
<% end %>

This will generate HTML similar to this:

<form action="/users" accept-charset="UTF-8" data-remote="true" method="post">
  <input name="utf8" type="hidden" value="&#x2713;" />
  <input type="hidden" name="authenticity_token" value="AUTH_TOKEN" />
  <div class="form-group">
    <label for="user_email">Email</label>
    <input class="form-control" type="email" name="user[email]" id="user_email" />
  <div class="form-group">
    <label for="user_password">Password</label>
    <input class="form-control" type="password" name="user[password]" id="user_password" />
  <fieldset class="form-group">
    <div class="form-check">
      <input name="user[remember_me]" type="hidden" value="0" />
      <input class="form-check-input" type="checkbox" value="1" name="user[remember_me]" id="user_remember_me" />
      <label class="form-check-label" for="user_remember_me">Remember me</label>
  <div class="form-group">
    <input type="submit" name="commit" value="Log In" class="btn" data-disable-with="Log In" />

Form helpers


Wrapper around form_with helper that's available in Rails 5.1 and above. Here's an example:

<%= bootstrap_form_with model: @person, scope: :user do |form| %>
  <%= form.email_field :email %>
  <%= form.submit %>
<% end %>


Wrapper around form_for helper that's available in all Rails 5 versions. Here's an example:

<%= bootstrap_form_for @person, as: :user do |form| %>
  <%= form.email_field :email %>
  <%= form.submit %>
<% end %>

Supported form field helpers

This gem wraps most of the default form field helpers. Here's the current list:

color_field     file_field      phone_field   text_field
date_field      month_field     range_field   time_field
datetime_field  number_field    search_field  url_field
email_field     password_field  text_area     week_field
date_select     time_select     datetime_select
check_box       radio_button    rich_text_area

Radio Buttons and Checkboxes

To render collection of radio buttons or checkboxes we use the same helper that comes with Rails. The only difference is that it doesn't accept a block. This gem takes care of rendering of labels and inputs for you.

<%= form.collection_radio_buttons :choices, ["red", "green", "blue"], :to_s, :to_s %>
<%= form.collection_check_boxes   :choices, Choices.all, :id, :label %>

You may choose to render inputs inline:

<%= form.collection_check_boxes :choices, Choices.all, :id, :label, bootstrap: { check_inline: true } %>


Submit button is automatically wrapped with Bootstrap markup. Here's how it looks:

<%= form.submit %>
<%= form.submit "Submit" %>
<%= form.primary %>

You can also pass in a block of content that will be appended next to the button:

<%= form.submit "Save" do %>
  <a href="/" class="btn btn-link">Cancel</a>
<% end %>

Plaintext helper

There's an additional field helper that render read-only plain text values:

<%= form.plaintext :value %>

Form Group

When you need to wrap arbitrary content in markup that renders correctly in Bootstrap form:

<%= form.form_group do %>
  Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod
  tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.
<% end %>

If you need to add a label:

<%= form.form_group bootstrap: { label: {text: "Lorem" }} do %>
  Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod
  tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.
<% end %>

Bootstrap options

Here's a list of all possible bootstrap options you can pass via :bootstrap option that can be attached to the bootstrap_form_with and any field helpers inside of it:

layout:               "vertical"
label_col_class:      "col-sm-2"
control_col_class:    "col-sm-10"
label_align_class:    "text-sm-right"
inline_margin_class:  "mr-sm-2"
label:                {}
append:               nil
prepend:              nil
help:                 nil
error:                nil
check_inline:         false
custom_control:       true

Options applied on the form level will apply to all field helpers. Options on field helpers will override form-level options. For example, here's a form where all labels are hidden:

<%= bootstrap_form_with model: @user, bootstrap: { label: { hide: true }} do |form| %>
  <%= form.email_field :email %>
  <%= form.text_field :username %>
<% end %>

Here's an example of a form where one field uses different label alignment:

<%= bootstrap_form_with model: @user do |form| %>
  <%= form.email_field :email, bootstrap: { label_align_class: "text-sm-left" } %>
  <%= form.text_field :username %>
<% end %>

Horizontal Form

By default form is rendered as a stack. Labels are above inputs, and inputs take up 100% of the width. You can change form layout to horizontal to put labels and corresponding inputs side by side:

<%= bootstrap_form_with model: @user, bootstrap: { layout: "horizontal" } do |form| %>
  <%= form.email_field :email %>
<% end %>

Inline Form

You may choose to render form elements in one line. Please note that this layout won't render all form elements. Things like errors messages won't show up right.

<%= bootstrap_form_with url: "/search", bootstrap: { layout: "inline" } do |form| %>
  <%= form.text_field :query %>
  <%= form.submit "Search" %>
<% end %>


You can change label generated by Rails to something else:

<%= form.text_field :value, bootstrap: { label: "Custom Label" } %>
<%= form.text_field :value, bootstrap: { label: {text: "Custom Label" }} %>

You may hide label completely (it's still there for screen readers):

<%= form.text_field :value, bootstrap: { label: { hide: true }} %>

Custom CSS class on the label tag? Sure:

<%= form.text_field :value, bootstrap: { label: { class: "custom-label" }} %>

Help Text

You may attach help text for pretty much any field type:

<%= form.text_field :value, bootstrap: { help: "Short helpful message" } %>

Append and Prepend

Bootstrap allows prepending and appending content to fields via input-group. Here's how this looks:

<%= form.text_field :value, bootstrap: { prepend: "$", append: "%" } %>

If you want to use something like a button, or other html content do this:

<% button_html = capture do %>
  <button class="btn btn-danger">Don't Press</button>
<% end %>
<%= form.text_field :value, bootstrap: { append: { html: button_html }} %>

Custom Forms

Bootstrap can replace native browser form elements with custom ones for checkboxes, radio buttons and file input field. Enabled by default. Example usage:

<%= form.file_field :photo, bootstrap: { custom_control: true } %>
<%= form.collection_radio_buttons :choice, %w[yes no], :to_s, :to_s, bootstrap: { custom_control: true } %>

Disabling Bootstrap

You may completely disable bootstrap and use default form builder by passing disabled: true option. For example:

<%= form.text_field :username, bootstrap: { disabled: true } %>


Demo App

Feel free to take a look at the Demo App to see how everything renders. Specifically see form.html.erb template for all kinds of different form configurations you can have.

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Copyright 2018-20 Oleg Khabarov, Released under the MIT License