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Breadcrumb

Indicate the current page’s location within a navigational hierarchy that automatically adds separators via CSS.

Example

Use an ordered or unordered list with linked list items to create a minimally styled breadcrumb. Use our utilities to add additional styles as desired.

<nav aria-label="breadcrumb">
  <ol class="breadcrumb">
    <li class="breadcrumb-item active" aria-current="page">Home</li>
  </ol>
</nav>

<nav aria-label="breadcrumb">
  <ol class="breadcrumb">
    <li class="breadcrumb-item"><a href="#">Home</a></li>
    <li class="breadcrumb-item active" aria-current="page">Library</li>
  </ol>
</nav>

<nav aria-label="breadcrumb">
  <ol class="breadcrumb">
    <li class="breadcrumb-item"><a href="#">Home</a></li>
    <li class="breadcrumb-item"><a href="#">Library</a></li>
    <li class="breadcrumb-item active" aria-current="page">Data</li>
  </ol>
</nav>

Dividers

Dividers are automatically added in CSS through ::before and content. They can be changed by modifying a local CSS custom property --bs-breadcrumb-divider, or through the $breadcrumb-divider Sass variable — and $breadcrumb-divider-flipped for its RTL counterpart, if needed. We default to our Sass variable, which is set as a fallback to the custom property. This way, you get a global divider that you can override without recompiling CSS at any time.

<nav style="--bs-breadcrumb-divider: '>';" aria-label="breadcrumb">
  <ol class="breadcrumb">
    <li class="breadcrumb-item"><a href="#">Home</a></li>
    <li class="breadcrumb-item active" aria-current="page">Library</li>
  </ol>
</nav>

When modifying via Sass, the quote function is required to generate the quotes around a string. For example, using > as the divider, you can use this:

$breadcrumb-divider: quote(">");

It’s also possible to use an embedded SVG icon. Apply it via our CSS custom property, or use the Sass variable.

<nav style="--bs-breadcrumb-divider: url(&#34;data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' width='8' height='8'%3E%3Cpath d='M2.5 0L1 1.5 3.5 4 1 6.5 2.5 8l4-4-4-4z' fill='currentColor'/%3E%3C/svg%3E&#34;);" aria-label="breadcrumb">
  <ol class="breadcrumb">
    <li class="breadcrumb-item"><a href="#">Home</a></li>
    <li class="breadcrumb-item active" aria-current="page">Library</li>
  </ol>
</nav>
$breadcrumb-divider: url("data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' width='8' height='8'%3E%3Cpath d='M2.5 0L1 1.5 3.5 4 1 6.5 2.5 8l4-4-4-4z' fill='currentColor'/%3E%3C/svg%3E");

You can also remove the divider setting --bs-breadcrumb-divider: ''; (empty strings in CSS custom properties counts as a value), or setting the Sass variable to $breadcrumb-divider: none;.

<nav style="--bs-breadcrumb-divider: '';" aria-label="breadcrumb">
  <ol class="breadcrumb">
    <li class="breadcrumb-item"><a href="#">Home</a></li>
    <li class="breadcrumb-item active" aria-current="page">Library</li>
  </ol>
</nav>
$breadcrumb-divider: none;

Accessibility

Since breadcrumbs provide a navigation, it’s a good idea to add a meaningful label such as aria-label="breadcrumb" to describe the type of navigation provided in the <nav> element, as well as applying an aria-current="page" to the last item of the set to indicate that it represents the current page.

For more information, see the WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices for the breadcrumb pattern.

Sass

Variables

$breadcrumb-font-size:              $font-size-sm;

$breadcrumb-padding-y:              .5rem;
$breadcrumb-padding-x:              0;
$breadcrumb-item-padding-x:         $spacer / 2;
$breadcrumb-margin-bottom:          1rem;
$breadcrumb-bg:                     null;
$breadcrumb-divider-color:          null;
$breadcrumb-active-color:           null;
$breadcrumb-divider:                url("data:image/svg+xml,<svg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 9 14' width='7' height='10'><path d='M-.4 12l2 2 7-7-7-7-2 2 5 5z'/></svg>");
$breadcrumb-divider-flipped:        $breadcrumb-divider;
$breadcrumb-border-radius:          null;