By Luuk Wuijster


2017-01-06 20:02:38 8 Comments

How do I align a navbar item to right?

I want to have the login and register to the right. But everything I try does not seem to work.

Picture of Navbar

This is what I have tried so far:

  • <div> around the <ul> with the atribute: style="float: right"
  • <div> around the <ul> with the atribute: style="text-align: right"
  • tried those two things on the <li> tags
  • tried all those things again with !important added to the end
  • changed nav-item to nav-right in the <li>
  • added a pull-sm-right class to the <li>
  • added a align-content-end class to the <li>

This is my code:

<div id="app" class="container">
  <nav class="navbar navbar-toggleable-md navbar-light bg-faded">
    <button class="navbar-toggler navbar-toggler-right" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarNavDropdown" aria-controls="navbarNavDropdown" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
      <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
    </button>
    <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Navbar</a>
    <ul class="navbar-nav">
      <li class="nav-item active">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Features</a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Pricingg</a>
      </li>
    </ul>
    <ul class="navbar-nav " >
      <li  class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="{{ url('/login') }}">Login</a>
      </li>
      <li  class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="{{ url('/register') }}">Register</a>
      </li>
    </ul>
  </nav>
  @yield('content')
</div>

20 comments

@Ajay Kumar 2019-11-04 03:39:40

For bootstrap 4.3.1, I was using nav-pills and nothing worked for me except this:

    <ul class="nav nav-pills justify-content-end ml-auto">
    <li ....</li>
    </ul>

@Anand Raja 2019-10-20 15:33:49

It's little change in boostrap 4. To align navbar to right side, you've to make only two changes. they are:

  1. in navbar-nav class add w-100 as navbar-nav w-100 to make width as 100
  2. in nav-item dropdown class add ml-auto as nav-item dropdown ml-auto to make margin left as auto.

If you didn't understand, please refer the image that i've attached to this.

CodePen Link

enter image description here

Full source code

<nav class="navbar navbar-expand-lg navbar-light bg-light">
  <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Navbar</a>
  <button class="navbar-toggler" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarNavDropdown" aria-controls="navbarNavDropdown" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
    <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
  </button>
  <div class="collapse navbar-collapse" id="navbarNavDropdown">
    <ul class="navbar-nav w-100">
      <li class="nav-item active">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Features</a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Pricing</a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item dropdown ml-auto">
        <a class="nav-link dropdown-toggle" href="#" id="navbarDropdownMenuLink" data-toggle="dropdown" aria-haspopup="true" aria-expanded="false">
          Dropdown link
        </a>
        <div class="dropdown-menu" aria-labelledby="navbarDropdownMenuLink">
          <a class="dropdown-item" href="#">Action</a>
          <a class="dropdown-item" href="#">Another action</a>
          <a class="dropdown-item" href="#">Something else here</a>
        </div>
      </li>
    </ul>  
  </div>
</nav>

@Zim 2017-01-06 20:25:14

Bootstrap 4 has many different ways to align navbar items. float-right won't work because the navbar is now flexbox.

You can use the new mr-auto for auto right margin on the 1st (left) navbar-nav. Alternatively, ml-auto could be used on the 2nd (right) navbar-nav , or if you just have a single navbar-nav.

<div id="app" class="container">
  <nav class="navbar navbar-toggleable-md navbar-light bg-faded">
    <button class="navbar-toggler navbar-toggler-right" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarNavDropdown" aria-controls="navbarNavDropdown" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
      <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
    </button>
    <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Navbar</a>
    <ul class="navbar-nav mr-auto">
      <li class="nav-item active">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Features</a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Pricingg</a>
      </li>
    </ul>
    <ul class="navbar-nav">
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="{{ url('/login') }}">Login</a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="{{ url('/register') }}">Register</a>
      </li>
    </ul>
  </nav>
</div>

http://www.codeply.com/go/P0G393rzfm

There are also flexbox utils. In this case, you have 2 navbar-navs, so justify-content-between in navbar-collapse would work the even the space between them,

 <div class="navbar-collapse collapse justify-content-between">
     <ul class="navbar-nav mr-auto">
               ..
     </ul>
     <ul class="navbar-nav">
           ..
     </ul>
 </div>


Update for Bootstrap 4.0 and newer

As of Bootstrap 4 beta, ml-auto will still work to push items to the right. Just be aware the the navbar-toggleable- classes have changed to navbar-expand-*

Updated navbar right for Bootstrap 4


Another frequent Bootstrap 4 Navbar right alignment scenario includes a button on the right that remains outside the mobile collapse nav so that it is always shown at all widths.

Right align button that is always visible

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Related: Bootstrap NavBar with left, center or right aligned items

@Ege Ersoz 2017-05-16 17:13:54

mr-auto doesn't work if the right-most item is a dropdown. The dropdown items spill over the right edge of the page.

@Zim 2017-05-16 17:20:18

It works: codeply.com/go/P0G393rzfm - the issue is not mr-auto as the question is about aligning right which works. Post a new question if you have concerns with the dropdown, but you're most likely referring to this issue: stackoverflow.com/questions/43867258/…

@rybo111 2018-01-27 22:36:29

You can also add .dropdown-menu-right to right-aligned dropdowns in the navbar. Not doing so can cut off the dropdown at certain widths.

@Lokesh 2018-04-06 14:32:36

@ZimSystem thank you for your answers. I have been following your answer over here stackoverflow.com/questions/19733447/… . I have a question how can I achieve one item to be on the left side and one item on the right side ?

@Santosh Kumar 2019-05-26 03:01:25

In codeply.com/go/P0G393rzfm, you've shown one ul on the left and one ul on the right. That was achieved by adding mr-auto to the first one. But what if I have only one ul? I don't want to create an empty ul just for aligning another one to the right.

@Botond Bertalan 2019-07-31 09:11:29

.justify-content-between worked like a charm. Thank you.

@Dominic Davies 2018-05-19 20:52:39

If all above fails, I added 100% width to the navbar class in CSS. Until then mr auto wasn't working for me on this project using 4.1.

@geet Sebastian 2018-04-03 02:15:43

On Bootstrap 4

If you want to align brand to your left and all the navbar-items to right, change the default mr-auto to ml-auto

<ul class="navbar-nav ml-auto">

@Maijied Hasan Shuvo 2018-03-02 04:33:41

Use this code for move items to right.

div class="collapse navbar-collapse justify-content-end" 

@Ryan S 2018-11-20 05:32:18

that will not work when you have a collapsed Menu, however, with the ml-auto it will still work because when the menu is collapsed, the <li> items still take 100% of the width so no margin will be applied.

@Gary Molton 2018-02-12 11:14:13

Just copied this from one of the getbootstrap pages for the released version 4 which worked much better than the above

<div class="d-none d-xl-block col-xl-2 bd-toc float-md-right">
    <ul class="section-nav">
         <li class="toc-entry toc-h2"><a href="#overview">Overview</a></li>
         <li class="toc-entry toc-h2"><a href="#classes">Classes</a></li>
         <li class="toc-entry toc-h2"><a href="#mixins">Mixins</a></li>
         <li class="toc-entry toc-h2"><a href="#responsive">Responsive</a></li>
    </ul>
</div> 

@Muhammad Tarique 2018-01-20 11:29:31

For those who is still struggling with this issue in BS4 simply try below code -

<ul class="navbar-nav ml-auto">

@NickG 2018-02-08 17:11:17

No - that aligns everything to the right. The question says he only wants to align a single item to the right.

@Pierre de LESPINAY 2019-01-22 16:05:57

Check the official doc about m*-auto it pushes content to the left or right depending on where you put the class

@Paul 2017-09-21 08:51:31

Find the 69 line in the verndor-prefixes.less and write it following:

.panel {
    margin-bottom: 20px;
    height: 100px;
    background-color: #fff;
    border: 1px solid transparent;
    border-radius: 4px;
    -webkit-box-shadow: 0 1px 1px rgba(0,0,0,.05);
    box-shadow: 0 1px 1px rgba(0,0,0,.05);
}

@ClemC 2017-12-11 23:16:47

On Bootsrap 4.0.0-beta.2, none of the answers listed here worked for me. Finally, the Bootstrap site gave me the solution, not via its doc but via its page source code...

Getbootstrap.com align their right navbar-nav to the right with the help of the following class: ml-md-auto.

@Maria Campbell 2018-09-14 05:05:38

Worked beautifully for me. Nothing else did.

@belgoros 2017-11-14 09:23:28

The working example for BS v4.0.0-beta.2:

<body>
    <nav class="navbar navbar-expand-md navbar-dark bg-dark">
      <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Navbar</a>
      <button class="navbar-toggler" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarNavDropdown" aria-controls="navbarNavDropdown" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
        <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
      </button>

      <div class="collapse navbar-collapse" id="navbarNavDropdown">
        <ul class="navbar-nav mr-auto">
          <li class="nav-item active">
            <a class="nav-link" href="#">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a>
          </li>
          <li class="nav-item">
            <a class="nav-link" href="#">Features</a>
          </li>
          <li class="nav-item">
            <a class="nav-link" href="#">Pricingg</a>
          </li>
        </ul>
        <ul class="navbar-nav">
          <li class="nav-item">
            <a class="nav-link" href="#">Login</a>
          </li>
          <li class="nav-item">
            <a class="nav-link" href="#">Register</a>
          </li>
        </ul>
      </div>
    </nav>


    <div class="container-fluid">
      container content
    </div>

    <!-- Optional JavaScript -->
    <!-- jQuery first, then Popper.js, then Bootstrap JS -->
    <script src="node_modules/jquery/dist/jquery.slim.min.js"></script>
    <script src="node_modules/popper.js/dist/umd/popper.min.js"></script>
    <script src="node_modules/bootstrap/dist/js/bootstrap.min.js"></script>
  </body>

@James Pike 2017-10-29 03:22:00

Use ml-auto instead of mr-auto after applying nav justify-content-end to the ul

@mubsher 2017-10-09 19:31:44

use the flex-row-reverse class

<nav class="navbar navbar-toggleable-md navbar-light">
    <div class="container">
        <button class="navbar-toggler navbar-toggler-right" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarNavAltMarkup" aria-controls="navbarNavAltMarkup" aria-expanded="false"
          aria-label="Toggle navigation">
            <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
        </button>
        <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">
            <i class="fa fa-hospital-o fa-2x" aria-hidden="true"></i>
        </a>
        <div class="collapse navbar-collapse flex-row-reverse" id="navbarNavAltMarkup">
            <ul class="navbar-nav">
                <li><a class="nav-item nav-link active" href="#" style="background-color:#666">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a</li>
                <li><a class="nav-item nav-link" href="#">Doctors</a></li>
                <li><a class="nav-item nav-link" href="#">Specialists</a></li>
                <li><a class="nav-item nav-link" href="#">About</a></li>
            </ul>
        </div>
    </div>
</nav>

@maro 2017-10-23 09:06:48

Using the bootstrap flex box helps us to control the placement and alignment of your navigation element. for the problem above adding mr-auto is a better solution to it .

<div id="app" class="container">
  <nav class="navbar navbar-toggleable-md navbar-light bg-faded">
    <button class="navbar-toggler navbar-toggler-right" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarNavDropdown" aria-controls="navbarNavDropdown" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
      <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
    </button>
    <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Navbar</a>
    <ul class="navbar-nav mr-auto">
      <li class="nav-item active">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Features</a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Pricingg</a>
      </li>
    </ul>
    <ul class="navbar-nav  " >
      <li  class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="{{ url('/login') }}">Login</a>
      </li>
      <li  class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="{{ url('/register') }}">Register</a>
      </li>
    </ul>
  </nav>
  @yield('content')
</div>

other placement may include

fixed- top
    fixed bottom
    sticky-top

@Kaczor 2017-08-19 21:31:12

For Bootstrap 4 beta, sample navbar with elements aligned to the right side is:

<div id="app" class="container">
  <nav class="navbar navbar-expand-md navbar-light bg-faded">
    <button class="navbar-toggler navbar-toggler-right" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarNavDropdown" aria-controls="navbarNavDropdown" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
      <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
    </button>
    <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Navbar</a>
    <ul class="navbar-nav mr-auto">
      <li class="nav-item active">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Features</a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Pricingg</a>
      </li>
    </ul>
    <ul class="navbar-nav">
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="{{ url('/login') }}">Login</a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link" href="{{ url('/register') }}">Register</a>
      </li>
    </ul>
  </nav>
</div>

@GrettyGoose 2017-08-11 00:50:20

I am running Angular 4 (v.4.0.0) and ng-bootstrap (Bootstrap 4). This code won't all be relevant but hoping people can pick and choose what works. It took me sometime to find a solution to get my items to justify right, collapse properly and to implement a dropdown off my google (using OAuth) profile picture.

<div id="header" class="header">
  <nav class="navbar navbar-toggleable-sm navbar-inverse bg-faded fixed-top">
    <button class="navbar-toggler navbar-toggler-right" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarSupportedContent"
      aria-controls="navbarSupportedContent" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
    <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
  </button>
    <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">
          <img alt='Brand' src='../assets/images/logo-white.png' class='navbar-logo-img d-inline-block align-top '>
          <span class="navbar-logo-text">Oncoscape</span>
        </a>
    <div class="collapse navbar-collapse justify-content-end" id="navbarSupportedContent">
      <ul class="navbar-nav float-left">
        <a class="navbar-items nav-item nav-link active " *ngIf='authenticated' (click)='goDashboard()'>
          <span class="fa fa-dashboard"></span>Dashboard
        </a>
        <a class="nav-item nav-link navbar-items active" href="http://resources.sttrcancer.org/oncoscape-contact">
          <span class="fa fa-comments"></span>Feedback
        </a>
        <li class="nav-item dropdown">
          <a class="nav-link dropdown-toggle" id="navbarDropdownMenuLink" data-toggle="dropdown" aria-haspopup="true" aria-expanded="false">
            <img *ngIf='user && authenticated'  class="navbar-pic" src={{user.thumbnail}} alt="Smiley face">
          </a>
          <div *ngIf='user && authenticated' class="dropdown-menu " aria-labelledby="navbarDropdownMenuLink">
            <a class="dropdown-item" (click)="toProfile()">Account</a>
            <div class="dropdown-item">
              <app-login></app-login>
            </div>
          </div>
        </li>
      </ul>
    </div>
  </nav>
</div>
<router-outlet></router-outlet>

@J Kennedy 2017-06-08 22:12:57

If you want Home, Features and Pricing on left immediately after your nav-brand, and then login and register on right then wrap the two lists in <div> and use .justify-content-between:

<div class="collapse navbar-collapse justify-content-between">
<ul>....</ul>
<ul>...</ul>
</div>

@SKL 2017-07-24 09:44:06

Just add mr-auto class at ul

<ul class="nav navbar-nav mr-auto">

If you have menu list in both side you can do something like this:

<ul class="navbar-nav mr-auto">
            <li class="nav-item active">
                <a class="nav-link" href="#">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a>
            </li>
            <li class="nav-item">
                <a class="nav-link" href="#">Link</a>
            </li>
            <li class="nav-item">
                <a class="nav-link disabled" href="#">Disabled</a>
            </li>
        </ul>
        <ul class="navbar-nav ml-auto">
            <li class="nav-item active">
                <a class="nav-link" href="#">left 1</a>
            </li>
            <li class="nav-item">
                <a class="nav-link" href="#">left 2</a>
            </li>
            <li class="nav-item">
                <a class="nav-link disabled" href="#">left disable</a>
            </li>
        </ul>

@MSangha 2017-04-03 11:57:44

I'm new to stack overflow and new to front end development. This is what worked for me. So I did not want list items to be displayed.

.hidden {
  display:none;
  } 
  
 #loginButton{
 
 margin-right:2px;
 
 }
<nav class="navbar navbar-toggleable-md navbar-light bg-faded fixed-top">
  <button class="navbar-toggler navbar-toggler-right" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarSupportedContent" aria-controls="navbarSupportedContent" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
    <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
  </button>
  <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">NavBar</a>

  <div class="collapse navbar-collapse" id="navbarSupportedContent">
    <ul class="navbar-nav mr-auto">
      <li class="nav-item active hidden">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item hidden">
        <a class="nav-link" href="#">Link</a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item hidden">
        <a class="nav-link disabled" href="#">Disabled</a>
      </li>
    </ul>
    <form class="form-inline my-2 my-lg-0">
      <button class="btn btn-outline-success my-2 my-sm-0" type="submit" id="loginButton"><a href="#">Log In</a></button>
      <button class="btn btn-outline-success my-2 my-sm-0" type="submit"><a href="#">Register</a></button>
    </form>
  </div>
</nav>

@Craig van Tonder 2017-01-08 01:49:36

In my case, I wanted just one set of navigation buttons / options and found that this will work:

<div class="collapse navbar-collapse justify-content-end" id="navbarCollapse">
  <ul class="navbar-nav">
    <li class="nav-item">
      <a class="nav-link" href="#">Sign Out</a>
    </li>
  </ul>
</div>

So, you will add justify-content-end to the div and omit mr-auto on the list.

Here is a working example.

@Craig van Tonder 2017-01-25 06:34:32

@numediaweb In the OPs example, he uses two elements within the nav, aligning one left and one right; where I used only one and aligned it to the right. It's not the right answer but it's helpful as an answer to a slight variation of the question ;)

@Zim 2017-02-03 12:32:16

This works for a single navbar-nav, but the mr-auto method is used in the Bootstrap docs.

@qwaz 2017-04-27 15:48:30

mr-auto is used in docs, but not to align items to the left. This answer is semantically correct as mentioned in this article: blog.getbootstrap.com/2017/01/06/bootstrap-4-alpha-6

@barefootsanders 2017-09-15 21:22:44

The question is are you trying to align 2 list of links or 1. If just 1, your answer works and was very helpful to me. Thanks!

@Suhail Akhtar 2018-12-24 19:10:57

It worked for me, but I don't know why the one above this answer doesn't work.

@desoga 2019-04-20 23:55:28

float-right works the same way as justify-content-end , as long as mr-auto is removed.

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