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Bootstrap 5 first alpha was officially released on June 16, 2020.


Summary of the most important changes:

  • jQuery was removed
  • Switch to Vanilla JavaScript
  • Drop Internet Explorer 10 and 11 support
  • Improved grid system
  • Improved documentation
  • Improved modularity
  • Improved forms
  • New responsive font
  • New utilities & helpers
  • Easier customization & theming
  • Lighter package
  • New API available

Detailed explanations for all the changes in our video tutorial.

Bootstrap 5 tutorial - crash course for beginners


FAQ

Why was jQuery removed from Bootstrap?

Mark Otto, the founder of Bootstrap has written:

"We’re sharpening our focus on building tools that are more future-friendly, and while we’re not fully there yet, the promise of CSS variables, faster JavaScript, fewer dependencies, and better APIs certainly feel right to us.

jQuery brought unprecedented access to complex JavaScript behaviors to millions (billions?) of people over the last decade and a half. Personally, I’m forever grateful for the empowerment and support it gave me to continue writing front-end code, learning new things, and embracing plugins from the community. Perhaps most importantly, it’s forever changed JavaScript itself, and that in itself is a monument to jQuery’s success. Thank you to every jQuery contributor and maintainer who made that possible for folks like me.

Thanks to advancement made in front-end development tools and browser support, we’re now able to drop jQuery as a dependency, but you’d never notice otherwise."

We’re sharpening our focus on building tools that are more future-friendly, and while we’re not fully there yet, the promise of CSS variables, faster JavaScript, fewer dependencies, and better APIs certainly feel right to us."


Why was support for IE 10 and IE11 dropped?

The above answer also applies here:

"We’re sharpening our focus on building tools that are more future-friendly, and while we’re not fully there yet, the promise of CSS variables, faster JavaScript, fewer dependencies, and better APIs certainly feel right to us.


Is Bootstrap 5 stable and ready to use in production?

No, not yet.

" Bootstrap 5 is now in alpha—breaking changes will continue to occur until our first beta. We haven’t finished adding or removing everything, so check for open issues and pull requests as you have questions or feedback."


Will migration from v4 to v5 be easy?

It will certainly be easier than migrating from v3 to v4. There are definitely fewer syntax changes this time, and backward compatibility is much better guaranteed.


Next releases

Official statement of the Bootstrap team:

"We still have more work to do in v5, including some breaking changes, but we’re incredibly excited about this release. Let the feedback rip and we’ll do our best to keep up with y’all. Our goal is to ship another alpha within 3-4 weeks, and likely a couple more after that. We’ll also be shipping a v4.5.1 release to fix a couple of regressions and continue to bridge the gap between v4 and v5."


Bootstrap 5 & Material Design

MDB has officially released the Material Design UI Kit for Bootstrap 5.

Material Design for Bootstrap 5
MDB 5 - Bootstrap 5 & Material Design 2.0

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