Boosted and Parcel

The official guide for how to include and bundle Boosted’s CSS and JavaScript in your project using Parcel.

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Want to skip to the end? Download the Bootstrap source code and working Bootstrap demo for this guide from the twbs/examples repository. You can also open the Bootstrap example in StackBlitz for live editing.

To get a working Boosted demo based on the Bootstrap ones, you need to replace all bootstrap occurrences with boosted in src/scss/style.scss, src/js/main.js and in package.json.

You may need to tweak a bit src/scss/style.scss and add a src/fonts directory to import font family properly in your project. Please refer to the font sub-section of how to import Boosted for more details.


We’re building a Parcel project with Boosted from scratch, so there are some prerequisites and upfront steps before we can really get started. This guide requires you to have Node.js installed and some familiarity with the terminal.

  1. Create a project folder and set up npm. We’ll create the my-project folder and initialize npm with the -y argument to avoid it asking us all the interactive questions.

    mkdir my-project && cd my-project
    npm init -y
  2. Install Parcel. Unlike our Webpack guide, there’s only a single build tool dependency here. Parcel will automatically install language transformers (like Sass) as it detects them. We use --save-dev to signal that this dependency is only for development use and not for production.

    npm i --save-dev parcel
  3. Install Boosted. Now we can install Boosted. We’ll also install Popper since our dropdowns, popovers, and tooltips depend on it for their positioning. If you don’t plan on using those components, you can omit Popper here.

    npm i --save boosted @popperjs/core

Now that we have all the necessary dependencies installed, we can get to work creating the project files and importing Boosted.

Project structure

We’ve already created the my-project folder and initialized npm. Now we’ll also create our src folder, stylesheet, and JavaScript file to round out the project structure. Run the following from my-project, or manually create the folder and file structure shown below.

mkdir {src,src/js,src/scss}
touch src/index.html src/js/main.js src/scss/styles.scss

When you’re done, your complete project should look like this:

├── src/
│   ├── js/
│   │   └── main.js
│   ├── scss/
│   │   └── styles.scss
│   └── index.html
├── package-lock.json
└── package.json

At this point, everything is in the right place, but Parcel needs an HTML page and npm script to start our server.

Configure Parcel

With dependencies installed and our project folder ready for us to start coding, we can now configure Parcel and run our project locally. Parcel itself requires no configuration file by design, but we do need an npm script and an HTML file to start our server.

  1. Fill in the src/index.html file. Parcel needs a page to render, so we use our index.html page to set up some basic HTML, including our CSS and JavaScript files.

    <!doctype html>
    <html lang="en">
        <meta charset="utf-8">
        <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
        <title>Boosted w/ Parcel</title>
        <link rel="stylesheet" href="scss/styles.scss">
        <script type="module" src="js/main.js"></script>
        <div class="container py-4 px-3 mx-auto">
          <h1>Hello, Boosted and Parcel!</h1>
          <button class="btn btn-primary">Primary button</button>

    We’re including a little bit of Boosted styling here with the div class="container" and <button> so that we see when Boosted’s CSS is loaded by Parcel.

    Parcel will automatically detect we’re using Sass and install the Sass Parcel plugin to support it. However, if you wish, you can also manually run npm i --save-dev @parcel/transformer-sass.

  2. Add the Parcel npm scripts. Open the package.json and add the following start script to the scripts object. We’ll use this script to start our Parcel development server and render the HTML file we created after it’s compiled into the dist directory.

       // ...
       "scripts": {
         "start": "parcel serve src/index.html --public-url / --dist-dir dist",
         "test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1"
       // ...
  3. And finally, we can start Parcel. From the my-project folder in your terminal, run that newly added npm script:

    npm start
    Parcel dev server running

In the next and final section to this guide, we’ll import all of Boosted’s CSS and JavaScript.

Import Boosted

Importing Boosted into Parcel requires three imports, two into our styles.scss and one into our main.js.

  1. Let’s import Boosted’s fonts. Download the WOFF2 version of our Helvetica Neue fonts, limited to Orange brand usage: see NOTICE.txt for more information about Helvetica Neue license.

    mkdir src/fonts
    cp /path/HelvNeue55_W1G.woff2 src/fonts/
    cp /path/HelvNeue75_W1G.woff2 src/fonts/
  2. Now, let’s import Boosted’s CSS. Add the following to src/scss/styles.scss to import all of Boosted’s source Sass.

    // Import all of Boosted's CSS
    @import "boosted/scss/orange-helvetica";
    @import "boosted/scss/boosted";

    You can also import our stylesheets individually if you want. Read our Sass import docs for details.

  3. Import Boosted’s JS. Add the following to src/js/main.js to import all of Boosted’s JS. Popper will be imported automatically through Boosted.

    // Import all of Boosted's JS
    import * as boosted from 'boosted'

    You can also import JavaScript plugins individually as needed to keep bundle sizes down:

    import Alert from 'boosted/js/dist/alert'
    // or, specify which plugins you need:
    import { Tooltip, Toast, Popover } from 'boosted'

    Read our JavaScript docs for more information on how to use Boosted’s plugins.

  4. And you’re done! 🎉 With Boosted’s source Sass and JS fully loaded, your local development server should now look like this:

    Parcel dev server running with Boosted

    Now you can start adding any Boosted components you want to use. Be sure to check out the complete Parcel example project for how to include additional custom Sass and optimize your build by importing only the parts of Boosted’s CSS and JS that you need.

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