Give your forms some structure—from inline to horizontal to custom grid implementations—with our form layout options.


    Every group of form fields should reside in a <Form> element. Bootstrap provides no default styling for the <Form> element, but there are some powerful browser features that are provided by default.

    • New to browser forms? Consider reviewing the MDN form docs for an overview and complete list of available attributes.
    • <button>s within a <Form> default to type="submit", so strive to be specific and always include a type.
    • You can disable every form element within a form with the disabled attribute on the <Form>.

    Since Bootstrap applies display: block and width: 100% to almost all our form controls, forms will by default stack vertically. Additional classes can be used to vary this layout on a per-form basis.

    Form groups

    The FormGroup component is the easiest way to add some structure to forms. It provides a flexible container for grouping of labels, controls, optional help text, and form validation messaging. Use it with fieldsets, divs, or nearly any other element.

    You also add the controlId prop to accessibly wire the nested label and input together via the id.

    Form grid

    More complex forms can be built using the grid components. Use these for form layouts that require multiple columns, varied widths, and additional alignment options.

    More complex layouts can also be created with the grid system.

    Horizontal form

    Create horizontal forms with the grid by adding as={Row} to form groups and using Col to specify the width of your labels and controls. Be sure to add the column prop to your FormLabels as well so they’re vertically centered with their associated form controls.

    At times, you maybe need to use margin or padding utilities to create that perfect alignment you need. For example, we’ve removed the padding-top on our stacked radio inputs label to better align the text baseline.

    Horizontal form label sizing

    You can size the <FormLabel> using the column prop as shown.

    Column sizing

    As shown in the previous examples, our grid system allows you to place any number of <Col>s within a <Row>. They'll split the available width equally between them. You may also pick a subset of your columns to take up more or less space, while the remaining <Col>s equally split the rest, with specific column classes like <Col xs={7}>.


    The example below uses a flexbox utility to vertically center the contents and changes <Col> to <Col xs="auto"> so that your columns only take up as much space as needed. Put another way, the column sizes itself based on on the contents.

    You can then remix that once again with size-specific column classes.


    import Form from 'react-bootstrap/Form'Copy import code for the Form component

    The FormGroup ref will be forwarded to the underlying element. Unless the FormGroup is rendered as a composite component, it will be a DOM node, when resolved.


    You can use a custom element type for this component.


    Sets id on <FormControl> and htmlFor on <FormGroup.Label>.