Bootstrap Off-Canvas

Off-Canvas menu built with Bootstrap

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Bootstrap Offcanvas

Super simple, easy to use off-canvas navigation menu for Bootstrap.

It uses Bootstrap classes and markup to create an off-canvas menu that not only looks good. But works perfectly.

Screencap showing off-canvas menu


Add the stylehseet from the dist folder to your HTML document.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="../dist/css/bootstrap.offcanvas.min.css"/>

Add the JavaScript from the dist folder to your HTML document.

NOTE: Ensure that jQuery is also present. Otherwise this won't work

<script src="../dist/js/bootstrap.offcanvas.js"></script>

In the HTML itself there needs to a button or something to trigger the menu. NOTE: It can be ANY HTML element

The below example is the exact same markup as from the Bootstrap docs. The only differences are the data-toggle, data-target attributes and offcanvas-toggle class.

<button type="button" class="navbar-toggle offcanvas-toggle" data-toggle="offcanvas" data-target="#js-bootstrap-offcanvas">
    <span class="sr-only">Toggle navigation</span>
    <span class="icon-bar"></span>
    <span class="icon-bar"></span>
    <span class="icon-bar"></span>

Finally, the nav HTML should be as follows. The only things needed are:

  • The class navbar-offcanvas
  • The selector that is specified in the data-target of the toggle. Example below uses an ID. NOTE: This can also be any element as long as the classes and attributes are correct
<nav class="navbar navbar-default navbar-offcanvas" role="navigation" id="js-bootstrap-offcanvas">

You can change the position of the off-canvas nav by adding the following class


Running example

Run the below commands to install all dependencies and then just open the index.html file in example/

npm install
bower install


Its possible to customize to your needs by using SASS.

Want to include with your Bootstrap SASS? Copy across the files in src/sass.

The SASS files use a few variables. These are explained below.

$offcanvas-width: 250px !default; // The width of the offcanvas menu
$offcanvas-animation-time: 0.15s !default; // Transition time to pull/hide menu
$offcanvas-toggle-background: #f8f8f8 !default; // Background colour for toggle
$offcanvas-toggle-bars-color: #000 !default; // Colour for icon bars in toggle

There is one media query and this uses the Bootstrap $screen-sm variable. If this isn't present, then the width of 768px is used for the breakpoint.


  • [ ] Fade out content behind off canvas menu when pulled out
  • [ ] Different transitions and animations when pulling out and hiding
  • [ ] Swipe to pull menu out