Add quick, dynamic tab functionality to transiton through panes of local content, even via dropdown menus.

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Enable tabbable tabs via JavaScript (each tab needs to be activated individually):

  1. $(‘#myTab a’).click(function (e) {
  2. e.preventDefault();
  3. $(this).tab(‘show’);
  4. })

You can activate individual tabs in several ways:

  1. $(‘#myTab a[href=»»]’).tab(‘show’); // Select tab by name
  2. $(‘#myTab a:first’).tab(‘show’); // Select first tab
  3. $(‘#myTab a:last’).tab(‘show’); // Select last tab
  4. $(‘#myTab li:eq(2) a’).tab(‘show’); // Select third tab (0-indexed)


You can activate a tab or pill navigation without writing any JavaScript by simply specifying data-toggle="tab" or data-toggle="pill" on an element. Adding the nav and nav-tabs classes to the tab ul will apply the Bootstrap tab styling.

  1. <ul class=«nav nav-tabs»>
  2.  <li><a href=«#home» data-toggle=«tab»>Home</a></li>
  3.  <li><a href=«#profile» data-toggle=«tab»>Profile</a></li>
  4.  <li><a href=«#messages» data-toggle=«tab»>Messages</a></li>
  5.  <li><a href=«#settings» data-toggle=«tab»>Settings</a></li>
  6. </ul>



Activates a tab element and content container. Tab should have either a data-target or an href targeting a container node in the DOM.

  1. <ul class=«nav nav-tabs» id=«myTab»>
  2.  <li class=«active»><a href=«#home»>Home</a></li>
  3.  <li><a href=«#profile»>Profile</a></li>
  4.  <li><a href=«#messages»>Messages</a></li>
  5.  <li><a href=«#settings»>Settings</a></li>
  6. </ul>
  8. <div class=«tab-content»>
  9.  <div class=«tab-pane active» id=«home»></div>
  10.  <div class=«tab-pane» id=«profile»></div>
  11.  <div class=«tab-pane» id=«messages»></div>
  12.  <div class=«tab-pane» id=«settings»></div>
  13. </div>
  15. <script>
  16. $(function () {
  17. $(‘#myTab a:last’).tab(‘show’);
  18.  })
  19. </script>


Event Description
show This event fires on tab show, but before the new tab has been shown. Use and event.relatedTarget to target the active tab and the previous active tab (if available) respectively.
shown This event fires on tab show after a tab has been shown. Use and event.relatedTarget to target the active tab and the previous active tab (if available) respectively.
  1. $(‘a[data-toggle=»tab»]’).on(‘shown’, function (e) {
  2. // activated tab
  3. e.relatedTarget // previous tab
  4. })