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Developing the Bootstrap 3 UI


Nautobot's current primary UI is based on Bootstrap 3. Since Nautobot 2.1.0, this UI has used a Nautobot-specific custom Bootstrap theme built in the nautobot-bootstrap GitHub repository and then customized further in the main nautobot GitHub repository.

Theme Files

  • nautobot/project-static/bootstrap-3.4.1-dist/css/ - the base Nautobot-themed Bootstrap CSS definitions, directly as compiled from nautobot-bootstrap. These should never be edited manually, only recompiled from nautobot-bootstrap and copied as-is into nautobot.
  • nautobot/project-static/css/base.css - Overrides and extensions of the base CSS theme for Nautobot. Can be edited as needed.
  • nautobot/project-static/css/dark.css - Additional overrides and extensions specifically for the "dark mode" theme. Can be edited as needed.

Previewing the theme

When settings.DEBUG is set to True, an authenticated Nautobot user can access the URL /theme-preview/ to retrieve a templated view that showcases many of the different Nautobot UI elements. While not necessarily comprehensive, this view is designed to provide an overview of the current theme more conveniently than clicking around to various specific pages in the UI. Feel free to add more example content into this view as needed.