I decided to try out the Bootstrap 4 CSS framework on this website. It’s still in Alpha, and not recommended for production sites.
I wanted to install Bootstrap by means of Bower. You normally install via Bower by moving to the project root directory and entering:
In the case of Bootstrap, you’d enter:
The Bootstrap assets would be downloaded and automatically added to a
bower_components directory in your project.
--save-dev flag adds the package as a project dependency in your
bower.json file - so running
bower install against your project will install the package you’ve just added.
If you don’t have a
bower.json file, you can run
bower init to generate one.
This method fetches the latest stable version, so it’s no good for fetching the Bootstrap 4 development branch.
Fortunately, there are a range of endpoints for the
install command. You can install a package version - a valid range, commit or branch by means of
bower install <package>#<version>.
<package>refers to a package URL, physical location or Bower registry name.
<version>can be a:
- semver version (#1.2.3)
- version range
- git tag
- git commit SHA
- git branch
Install Bootstrap 4 Dev Branch
Determine the relevant branch (via GitHub) and add it as an endpoint:
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