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Format your application forms with Bootstrap 4 markup.

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Add phoenix_bootstrap_form to your list of dependencies in mix.exs:

def deps do
  [{:phoenix_bootstrap_form, "~> 0.1.0"}]

You may also alias this module in web.ex so it's shorter to type in templates.

alias PhoenixBootstrapForm, as: PBF


In order to change markup of form elements to bootstrap-style ones all you need is to prefix regular methods you aleady have with PhoenixBootstrapForm, or PBF if you created an alias. For example:

<%= form_for @changeset, "/", fn f -> %>
  <%= PBF.text_input f, :value %>
  <%= PBF.submit f %>
<% end %>

Becomes bootstrap-styled:

<form accept-charset="UTF-8" action="/" method="post">
  <div class="form-group row">
    <label class="col-form-label text-sm-right col-sm-2" for="record_value">
    <div class="col-sm-10">
      <input class="form-control" id="record_value" name="record[value]" type="text">
  <div class="form-group row">
    <div class="col-sm-10 ml-auto">
      <button class="btn" type="submit">Submit</button>

This library generates horizonal form layout that collapses down on small screens.

You can always fall-back to default Phoenix.HTML.Form methods if bootstrapped ones are not good enough.

Currently this module supports following methods:

  • text_input
  • file_input
  • email_input
  • password_input
  • textarea
  • telephone_input
  • select
  • checkbox
  • checkboxes
  • radio_buttons
  • submit
  • static

[For quick reference you can look at this template](demo/lib/demo_web/templates/page/index.html.eex). You can mix phx.server inside demo folder to see this reference template rendered.


To set your own label you can do something like this:

<%= PBF.text_input f, :value, label: [text: "Custom"] %>

CSS Classes

To add your own css class to the input element / controls do this:

<%= PBF.text_input f, :value, input: [class: "custom"] %>

Help Text

You can add help text under the input. It could also be rendered template with links, tables, and whatever else.

<%= PBF.text_input f, :value, input: [help: "Help text"] %>

Prepending and Appending Inputs

<%= PBF.text_input f, :value, input: [prepend: "$", append: ".00"] %>

Radio Buttons

You don't need to do multiple calls to create list of radio buttons. One method will do them all:

<%= PBF.radio_buttons f, :value, ["red", "green"] %>

or with custom labels:

<%= PBF.radio_buttons f, :value, [{"R", "red"}, {"G", "green"}] %>

or rendered inline:

<%= PBF.radio_buttons f, :value, ["red", "green", "blue"], input: [inline: true] %>


Very similar to multiple_select in functionality, you can render collection of checkboxes. Other options are the same as for radio_buttons

<%= PBF.checkboxes f, :value, ["red", "green", "blue"], selected: ["green"] %>

Submit Buttons

Besides simple PBF.submit f you can define custom label and content that goes next to the button. For example:

<% cancel = link "Cancel", to: "/", class: "btn btn-link" %>
<%= PBF.submit f, "Smash", class: "btn-primary", alternative: cancel %>

Static Elements

When you need to render a piece of content in the context of your form. For example:

<%= PBF.static f, "Current Avatar", avatar_image_tag %>

Form Errors

If changeset is invalid, form elements will have .is-invalid class added and .invalid-feedback container will be appended with an error message.

In order to properly pull in i18n error messages specify translate_error function that handles it:

config :phoenix_bootstrap_form, [
  translate_error_function: &MyApp.ErrorHelpers.translate_error/1

Custom Grid and Label Alignment

By default .col-sm-2 and .col-sm-10 used for label and control colums respectively. You can change that by passing label_col and control_col with form_for like this:

<% opts = [label_col: "col-sm-4", control_col: "col-sm-8", label_align: "text-sm-left"] %>
<%= form_for @changeset, "/", opts, fn f -> %>

If you need to change it application-wide just edit your config.exs and add:

config :phoenix_bootstrap_form,
  label_col_class:    "col-sm-4",
  control_col_class:  "col-sm-8",
  label_align_class:  "text-sm-left",
  form_group_class:   "form-group myclass"

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