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Bootstrap for ASP.NET MVC - Second Edition

By : Pieter van der Westhuizen
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Bootstrap for ASP.NET MVC - Second Edition

By: Pieter van der Westhuizen

Overview of this book

One of the leading open source frontend frameworks, Bootstrap has undergone a significant change and introduced several features that make designing compelling, next-generation UIs much simpler. Integrating Bootstrap with ASP.NET's powerful components can further enhance its capabilities. This book guides you through the process of creating an ASP.NET MVC website from scratch using Bootstrap. After a primer on the fundamentals of Bootstrap, you will learn your way around and create a new ASP.NET MVC project in Visual Studio. You will move on to learn about the various Bootstrap components as well as techniques to include them in your own projects. The book includes practical examples to show you how to use open-source plugins with Bootstrap and ASP.NET MVC and guides you through building an ASP.NET MVC website using Bootstrap, utilizing layout and user-interface components. At the end of this book, you will find some valuable tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Bootstrap-integrated and ASP.NET MVC-integrated website.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Bootstrap for ASP.NET MVC Second Edition
About the Author
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Adding the Bootstrap 4 files using Bower

With ASP.NET 5 and Visual Studio 2015, Microsoft provided the ability to use Bower as a client-side package manager. Bower is a package manager for web frameworks and libraries that is already very popular in the web development community.


You can read more about Bower and search the packages it provides by visiting

Microsoft's decision to allow the use of Bower and package managers other than NuGet for client-side dependencies is because it already has such a rich ecosystem.


Do not fear! NuGet is not going away. You can still use NuGet to install libraries and components, including Bootstrap 4!

To add the Bootstrap 4 source files to your project, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the project name inside Visual Studio's Solution Explorer and select Add | New Item....

  2. Under .NET Core | Client-side, select the Bower Configuration File item, make sure the filename is bower.json and click on Add, as shown here:

  3. If not already open, double-click on the bower.json file to open it and add Bootstrap 4 to the dependencies array. The code for the file should look similar to the following:

               "name": "", 
               "private": true, 
               "dependencies": { 
               "bootstrap": "v4.0.0-alpha.3" 
  4. Save the bower.json file.

  5. Once you've saved the bower.json file, Visual Studio will automatically download the dependencies into the wwwroot/lib folder of your project. In the case of Bootstrap 4 it also depends on jQuery and Tether. You'll notice that jQuery and Tether has also been downloaded as part of the Bootstrap dependency.

  6. After you've added Bootstrap to your project, your project layout should look similar to the following screenshot: