Bootstrap navbar center-aligned using Bootstrap classes

Bootstrap navbar helps a lot when it comes to responsive web development. You can build numerous variations of the Bootstrap navbar. Here is a Bootstrap navbar with all the links and Brand name center-aligned. It can be center-aligned using CSS properties, but Bootstrap provides many inbuilt classes. So, that’s what I have used.

Here is a step-by-step tutorial to center-align items in a Bootstrap navbar.

Final output:

Responsive Bootstrap navbar center aligned on mobile or smaller screen

1. If you follow the Bootstrap documentation, this is the basic left-aligned navbar:

<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="#navbarNav" aria-controls="navbarNav" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
    <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
  </button>
  <div class="collapse navbar-collapse" id="navbarNav">
    <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="#">Pricing</a>
      </li>
      <li class="nav-item">
        <a class="nav-link disabled" href="#" tabindex="-1" aria-disabled="true">Disabled</a>
      </li>
    </ul>
  </div>
</nav>

Output:

2. To get the links in center, add class mx-auto to <ul> on line 7. (I changed the background-color to #b2fefa and added some CSS.)

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

.navbar .navbar-nav .nav-link {
    color: #000000;
    font-size: 1.1em;
}
.navbar .navbar-nav .nav-link:hover{
    color: #808080;
}

Output:

3. To center align Brand name or Company Logo, add code inside <ul>.

<ul class="navbar-nav mx-auto">
      <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Navbar</a>
      <li class="nav-item active">

Output:

bootstrap navbar center-aligned step 3

4. Works for large screens but to remove the Brand name inside the navbar, add the classes d-none d-lg-block to navbar-brand. These are Bootstrap classes to hide an element on smaller screens and show only on large ones.

<ul class="navbar-nav mx-auto">
            <a class="navbar-brand d-none d-lg-block" href="#">Coding Yaar</a>

Output:

bootstrap navbar center-aligned step 4

5. For the final output, add the Brand name link on the second line along with the Bootstrap class d-lg-none. This will be hidden on large screens.

<nav class="navbar navbar-expand-lg navbar-light" style="background-color: #b2fefa;">
    <a class="navbar-brand d-lg-none" href="#">Navbar</a>

Output:

bootstrap navbar center-aligned final result

Final Output Code for Bootstrap navbar center-aligned:

HTML

<nav class="navbar navbar-expand-lg navbar-light" style="background-color: #b2fefa;">
    <a class="navbar-brand d-lg-none" href="#">Coding Yaar</a>
    <button class="navbar-toggler" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#myNavbarToggler2"
        aria-controls="myNavbarToggler2" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
        <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
    </button>
    <div class="collapse navbar-collapse" id="myNavbarToggler2">
        <ul class="navbar-nav mx-auto">
            <a class="navbar-brand d-none d-lg-block" href="#">Coding Yaar</a>
            <li class="nav-item">
                <a class="nav-link" href="#">Home</a>
            </li>
            <li class="nav-item">
                <a class="nav-link" href="#">About</a>
            </li>
            <li class="nav-item">
                <a class="nav-link" href="#">Services</a>
            </li>
            <li class="nav-item">
                <a class="nav-link" href="#">Contact</a>
            </li>
        </ul>
    </div>
</nav>

CSS

.navbar .navbar-nav .nav-link {
    color: #000000;
    font-size: 1.1em;
}
.navbar .navbar-nav .nav-link:hover{
    color: #808080;
}

You can checkout other Bootstrap navbar templates here.

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