Togglable tabs tab.js

Example tabs

Add quick, dynamic tab functionality to transition through panes of local content, even via dropdown menus. Nested tabs are not supported.

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Extends tabbed navigation

This plugin extends the tabbed navigation component to add tabbable areas.


Enable tabbable tabs via JavaScript (each tab needs to be activated individually):

$('#myTabs a').click(function (e) {

You can activate individual tabs in several ways:

$('#myTabs a[href="#profile"]').tab('show') // Select tab by name
$('#myTabs a:first').tab('show') // Select first tab
$('#myTabs a:last').tab('show') // Select last tab
$('#myTabs li:eq(2) a').tab('show') // Select third tab (0-indexed)


You can activate a tab or pill navigation without writing any JavaScript by simply specifying data-toggle="tab" or data-toggle="pill" on an element. Adding the nav and nav-tabs classes to the tab ul will apply the Bootstrap tab styling, while adding the nav and nav-pills classes will apply pill styling.


  <!-- Nav tabs -->
  <ul class="nav nav-tabs" role="tablist">
    <li role="presentation" class="active"><a href="#home" aria-controls="home" role="tab" data-toggle="tab">Home</a></li>
    <li role="presentation"><a href="#profile" aria-controls="profile" role="tab" data-toggle="tab">Profile</a></li>
    <li role="presentation"><a href="#messages" aria-controls="messages" role="tab" data-toggle="tab">Messages</a></li>
    <li role="presentation"><a href="#settings" aria-controls="settings" role="tab" data-toggle="tab">Settings</a></li>

  <!-- Tab panes -->
  <div class="tab-content">
    <div role="tabpanel" class="tab-pane active" id="home">...</div>
    <div role="tabpanel" class="tab-pane" id="profile">...</div>
    <div role="tabpanel" class="tab-pane" id="messages">...</div>
    <div role="tabpanel" class="tab-pane" id="settings">...</div>


Fade effect

To make tabs fade in, add .fade to each .tab-pane. The first tab pane must also have .in to make the initial content visible.

<div class="tab-content">
  <div role="tabpanel" class="tab-pane fade in active" id="home">...</div>
  <div role="tabpanel" class="tab-pane fade" id="profile">...</div>
  <div role="tabpanel" class="tab-pane fade" id="messages">...</div>
  <div role="tabpanel" class="tab-pane fade" id="settings">...</div>



Activates a tab element and content container. Tab should have either a data-target or an href targeting a container node in the DOM. In the above examples, the tabs are the <a>s with data-toggle="tab" attributes.


Selects the given tab and shows its associated content. Any other tab that was previously selected becomes unselected and its associated content is hidden. Returns to the caller before the tab pane has actually been shown (i.e. before the event occurs).



When showing a new tab, the events fire in the following order:

  1. (on the current active tab)
  2. (on the to-be-shown tab)
  3. (on the previous active tab, the same one as for the event)
  4. (on the newly-active just-shown tab, the same one as for the event)

If no tab was already active, then the and events will not be fired.

Event Type Description This event fires on tab show, but before the new tab has been shown. Use and event.relatedTarget to target the active tab and the previous active tab (if available) respectively. This event fires on tab show after a tab has been shown. Use and event.relatedTarget to target the active tab and the previous active tab (if available) respectively. This event fires when a new tab is to be shown (and thus the previous active tab is to be hidden). Use and event.relatedTarget to target the current active tab and the new soon-to-be-active tab, respectively. This event fires after a new tab is shown (and thus the previous active tab is hidden). Use and event.relatedTarget to target the previous active tab and the new active tab, respectively.
$('a[data-toggle="tab"]').on('', function (e) { // newly activated tab
  e.relatedTarget // previous active tab