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AutoForm Theme Bootstrap 3

This theme contains the Bootstrap 3 compatible theme. It requires a Boostrap 3 installation.


This theme relies on Bootstrap with support for the third major version of it. Before you can use this theme you need to make sure, that Bootstrap 3 is installed.

Note, it will not work with Bootstrap 2.x or Bootstrap 4.x.

Install Boostrap 3

Better: use the NPM version:

$ meteor npm install --save bootstrap@3.4.1 jquery

You will have to import Bootstrap at some point in order to make it available to your css compiler:

1import 'bootstrap'
2import 'bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.css'       // optional, default theme
3import 'bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap-theme.css' // optional, default theme

Troubleshooting jQuery

If you have trouble with jQuery, you can try to explicit reference the latest Meteor jQuery package and then manually install jQuery from NPM:

$ meteor add jquery@3.0.0!  
$ meteor npm install --save jquery  

Alternatively install the legacy twbs:bootstrap package

This theme also supports the legacy twbs:bootstrap package, which also leaves out the need to install a newer jQuery version. Sipmply add the following line:

$ meteor add twbs:bootstrap 

but beware, it's a deprecated package, targeting an outdated Bootstrap version and can lead to problematic XSS vulnerabilities and it requires an outdated jQuery version, that is full of vulnerabilities!

Try to use the NPM version whenever you can.

Install the theme

You have two options of installing this theme.

A. Adding the theme to the initial bundle (default); comfortable but with bigger initial bundle size.

B. Using dynamic imports and adding the theme on-demand; manual effort required but lowers the footprint of the initial client bundle.

In both cases you have to install the package to your packages list:

$ meteor add communitypackages:autoform-bootstrap3

Install via static imports (default)

For statically (immediately) importing the theme you need to import the static loader module in your client's startup code:

1import { AutoFormThemeBootstrap3 } from 'meteor/communitypackages:autoform-bootstrap3/static'

That's it. The theme is imported and ready to use.

Install via dynamic imports

This theme also supports dynamic-import so your initial client bundle will contain only a minimum portion of this package's code and saves about 44 KB of size (estimated via bundle-visualizer).

In order to do so you need to import the dynamic version of the loader function:

1import { AutoFormThemeBootstrap3 } from 'meteor/communitypackages:autoform-bootstrap3/dynamic'
4  .then(() => {
5    // The theme is imported. You can now make the form available.
6    // You could use a reactive var that resolves to true here
7    // or any other mechanism you like to use to reactively activate the form.
9    // You can now set this theme as default, see the next section.
10    AutoForm.setDefaultTemplate('bootstrap3')
11  })
12  .catch(err => {
13    // handle load error
14  })

Using the theme

After installation you have to options to use the theme with your forms:

Setting the theme globally

Add the following code before you create the first form:


Setting the theme locally

If you want this theme to apply only on certain forms you need to name it in the form declaration:

1{{#autoForm template="bootstrap3" ...}}
2  ...


  • 1.0.1
    • provide real split between static and dynamic version without environment flags required


This theme is LICENSED under MIT. See the LICENSE file for more.