How To Add and Remove Tabs in Bootstrap 3 Dynamically?

Dynamic tabs in action

The code is compatible with Bootable 3.x

Earlier today, I was working on a web application with Bootstrap and I was required to allow a user to add and remove tabs. Unfortunately Bootstrap doesn’t give you the close button on a tab out-of-the-box. So I quickly went to the Bootstrap’s Issues page on GitHub where I stumbled upon the very problem I was facing.

A Mark, one of the maintainers of the project was of the opinion:

I don’t think we’ll be adding this as native functionality, but feel free to file an issue later if you wish to add whatever solution you come up with to the wiki for forks/extensions/etc.

I was like wow! Now, everyone was proposing their way of doing it. So, I came up with my solution thanks to this guy who proposed this solution. He just gave an heads-up and that was all I needed, then I sat and wrote the three features I needed i.e. Add, Remove and renumber the tabs (if in case one is removed from the middle. and yeah, the first tab cannot be removed).


The Code

The following code assumes Bootstrap and jQuery scripts and styles are loaded.


The Demo

Check out the demo here.

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3 responses to “How To Add and Remove Tabs in Bootstrap 3 Dynamically?

  1. chouxpastry2002 Avatar

    This is buggy code and seems like major snippets to do this function over internet are having same bug..

    If you remove intermediate tab after generating it, you will have one tab completely inaccessible.

    1. jeykeu Avatar

      Have you tried the demo?

  2. Steven Bengtson Avatar

    This is great except for a couple of things:
    1. If you add 2 tabs so you have tabs 1, 2, and 3. Then remove tab 2, then add another tab, the content ids will get duplicated (you will have 2 contents with the id of page3.

    2. I would put this in a namespace so you don’t have to use globals (pageNum)
    (function( MyPageTabs, $, undefined ) {
    MyPageTabs.init = function()
    // do your initialization here (bind events etc)

    var pageNum = 1;

    function addTab()
    // …

    function removeTab()
    // …

    function renumberTabs()
    // ….
    }(window.MyPageTabs = window.MyPageTabs || {}, jQuery));

    // On Document Load Ready
    $(function() {

    3. I would also add the elements using jQuery rather than strings:
    var newRemoveIcon = $(‘).addClass(‘close’)…;
    var newTabLink = $(‘‘).attr(‘href’, ‘…’)…append(newRemoveIcon);
    var newTab = $(‘).append(newTabLink);

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