LARAVEL 11 – Bootstrap 5

1. LARAVEL 11 - Introduction

Since version 8 Laravel uses Tailwind CSS as its main CSS framework. Allthough being a first class CSS framework, developing using Tailwind CSS requires a lot of work because you’ll have to develop every reusable component from scratch yourself.

In the past a lot of developers, like myself, used Bootstrap. Laravel has dropped Bootstrap support since version 8. The easiest way to keep using Bootstrap in Laravel 11 is by creating a new Laravel project and then using the two commands :

composer require laravel/ui --dev
php artisan ui bootstrap --auth

This installs the latest version Bootstrap 5.3.3 and adds some scaffolding in case you use the – – auth option. 

For those of us who want to keep using Bootstrap, this is a simple way to create a new Laravel project using the latest Bootstrap 5 framework.

Tip :

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2. LARAVEL 11 - Build the application manually from scratch

a. Create a new Laravel project

Start by creating a new Laravel project :

composer create-project laravel/laravel your-project-name

Then cd into the newly created project folder and install the Laravel UI package :

composer require laravel/ui --dev

This legacy package is a very simple authentication scaffolding build on the Bootstrap 5 CSS framework.

Generate the Bootstrap scaffolding :

php artisan ui bootstrap --auth	

This installs Bootstap 5.3.3 and generates the files needed for authentification.

b. Configure the .env file

Now open your project in your favorite code editor. I use Visual Studio Code. Check and addapt all settings, especially the database connection and the mail settings.

c. Import Bootstrap Icons

Install the bootstrap icons library.

npm install bootstrap-icons --save-dev

Inside your project, open the file resources\sass\app.scss and add :

@import 'bootstrap-icons/font/bootstrap-icons.css';

d. Finalize the application

Now create the database tables : 

php artisan migrate

Then let’s finalize the setup :

npm install
npm run dev

Normaly all should be OK now and you can start developing your own Laravel 11 Bootstrap 5 application.

2. LARAVEL 11 - Build the application by cloning the GitHub repository

An empty demo Laravel 11 project containing Bootstrap 5 is available on GitHub.

a. Clone the GitHub repository

Inside the root folder of your local web development environment, open a new terminal window.
Enter the command :

git clone .

Change directory into the newly created project folder.

b. Install Composer Dependencies

Enter the command : 

composer install

c. Install NPM Dependencies

Enter the commands : 

npm install
npm run dev

d. Create your copy of the .env file

Enter the command :

cp .env.example .env

e. Generate an App Encryption Key

Enter the command :
php artisan key:generate

f. Create an empty database for our application

Use your favorite database management tool to create an empty database.
Configure a username and password.

g. Configure the .env file

Open the .env file for editing :
Adjust the DB_HOST, DB_PORT, DB_DATABASE, DB_USERNAME and DB_PASSWORD options to match your situation. Also adjust the mail settings:

h. Migrate the database

Enter the command : :
php artisan migrate:fresh --seed

i. Open the application

You now have a working Laravel 11 application using the Bootstrap 5  framework.

Open a browser and go to the url of your application.

Use the Register button to register yourself.

3. LARAVEL 11 - Extend the application with DataTables

If your application has to manage a lot of records, please visit my post about integrating DataTables.


  1. Thanks for this info. I am trying to replace Tailwind with Bootstrap 5 on an already existing Laravel Sail site. Any ideas on doing this? Not concerned about updating views, I’m just stuck on swapping out the libraries.

    • Yes. That’s normal. You can use it for your own use.
      All other CSS is in \resources\sass\app.scss.

      Kind regards.

  2. Hi, Congratulations!!!.
    I need to use composer require laravel/jetstream … this generate Tailwind CSS.
    How do I do it?

    Thanks greetings

    • Laravel Jetstream is an application starter kit build around Tailwind CSS. It is to be used with either the LiveWire or the Inertia scaffolding.

      It’s not a good idea to mix Tailwind CSS and Bootstrap.
      If you want to use Bootstrap, just follow the article above.

      Kind regards.


  3. Currently, in version 10, it takes some work to use bootstrap.
    Every day the Laravel team forgets more about Bootstrap. Now it gives error Vite manifest not found all the time.
    Your tutorial is very good.
    The Laravel team should see the large community of programmers who use bootstrap.
    when running
    npm install
    npm run dev
    php artisan serve
    call in browser

    Vite manifest not found at:

    Only after run
    npm install
    hpm run build
    npm run dev
    php artisan serve

    Thank you.

    • In a Laravel 9 or 10 project, when using the new Vite asset bundler instead of Mix, you only need these 2 commands on your developent server :

      npm install
      npm run dev

      On your production server, you should only use these 2 commands:

      npm install
      npm run build

      You do not need the “php artisan serve” command!

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