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Bootstrap 5 Hover effects

What are Bootstrap Hover effects?

Bootstrap Hover effects appear when the user positions the computer cursor over an element without activating it. Hover effects make a website more interactive.


Manual installation (zip package)

To use the component, you first need to install the MDB 5 Free package


Watch our Quick Start Tutorial to discover and use the full potential of MDB 5 and MDB CLI



Before starting the project make sure to install Node LTS (12.x.x recommended).


To install MDB UI KIT in your project easily type the following command in the terminal:

npm i mdb-ui-kit

Importing JS modules

You can import the entire library or just individual modules:

import * as mdb from 'mdb-ui-kit'; // lib
import { Input } from 'mdb-ui-kit'; // module

Importing CSS file

To import MDB stylesheet please use the following syntax:

@import '~mdb-ui-kit/css/mdb.min.css';

Importing SCSS modules

You can also import individual SCSS modules. To do it properly, we recommend to copy them from the node_modules/mdb-ui-kit/src/scss location directly to your project and import in the same way as CSS files.

Webpack integration

You can significantly speed up the process of creating a new project based on Webpack using our Starter.


Installation via CDN is one of the easiest methods of integrating MDB UI KIT with your project. Just copy the latest compiled JS script tag and CSS link tag from cdnjs to the application.

Don't forget to add also Font Awesome and Roboto font if you need. Here's an example code:

<!-- Font Awesome -->
<!-- Google Fonts -->
<!-- MDB -->
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<!-- MDB -->
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Getting started

MDB hover effect appears when the user positions the computer cursor over an element without activating it. Hover effects make a website more interactive.

However, we don't recommend that you mix hover effects with functional elements (like a drop-down on hover or hidden buttons visible only after hovering) because such an approach isn't mobile-friendly.

MDB is a mobile-first framework, so we attach great importance to making each component easy to use for touch screens.

That's why our hover effects are gentle and decorative.


Basic example

Here is the most common example of hover effects usage - an image changed to link with an additional ripple effect on click.

Additionally, we added shadows and rounded corners and also changed ripple color to light via data-mdb-attribute.

  class="bg-image hover-overlay ripple shadow-1-strong rounded"
  <img src="" class="w-100" />
  <a href="#!">
    <div class="mask" style="background-color: rgba(251, 251, 251, 0.2)"></div>
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To apply zoom hover effect you have to use slightly different, but simpler syntax.

You only need to add .hover-zoom class to the .bg-image element.

<div class="bg-image hover-zoom">
  <img src="" class="w-100" />

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Mixing effects

You can freely mix all the effects with each other. However, be careful not to overdo it. MDB adheres to the principle of minimalism and subtlety.

<div class="bg-image hover-overlay hover-zoom hover-shadow ripple">
  <img src="" class="w-100" />
  <a href="#!">
    <div class="mask" style="background-color: rgba(57, 192, 237, 0.2)"></div>
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You can see more customization examples on the πŸ“„ Hover effects documentation page

Crucial Resources

Here are the resources that we have prepared to help you work with this component:

  1. Read πŸ“„ Hover effects tutorial & documentation <-- start here
  2. In to get the most out of your project, you should also get acquainted with other Content & style options related to Hover effects. See the section below to find the list of them.
  3. You can use predesigned Content & style elements in πŸ“₯ Starter Bootstrap 5 templates
  4. Templates are a part of πŸ“¦ Free UI Kit for Bootstrap 5
  5. After finishing the project you can publish it with CLI in order to receive πŸ’½ Free hosting (beta)

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