Input Groups

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Extend form controls by adding text or buttons before, after, or on both sides of any text-based <input>. Use .input-group with an .input-group-addon to prepend or append elements to a single .form-control.

Textual <input>s only

Avoid using <select> elements here as they cannot be fully styled in WebKit browsers.

Avoid using <textarea> elements here as their rows attribute will not be respected in some cases.

Tooltips & popovers in input groups require special setting

When using tooltips or popovers on elements within an .input-group, you'll have to specify the option container: body to avoid unwanted side effects (such as the element growing wider and/or losing its rounded corners when the tooltip or popover is triggered).

Don't mix with other components

Do not mix form groups or grid column classes directly with input groups.

Instead, nest the input group inside of the form group or grid-related element.

Always add labels

Screen readers will have trouble with your forms if you don't include a label for every input. For these input groups, ensure that any additional label or functionality is conveyed to assistive technologies.

The exact technique to be used (<label> elements hidden using the sr-only class., or use of the aria-label, aria-labelledby, aria-describedby, title or placeholder attribute) and what additional information will need to be conveyed will vary depending on the exact type of interface widget you're implementing. The examples in this section provide a few suggested, case-specific approaches.

Basic Example

Place one add-on or button on either side of an input. You may also place one on both sides of an input.

We do not support multiple add-ons on a single side.

We do not support multiple form-controls in a single input group.


Add the relative form sizing classes to the .input-group itself and contents within will automatically resizeā€”no need for repeating the form control size classes on each element.

Checkboxes and radio addons

Place any checkbox or radio option within an input group's addon instead of text.

Button Addons

Buttons in input groups are a bit different and require one extra level of nesting. Instead of .input-group-addon, you'll need to use .input-group-btn to wrap the buttons. This is required due to default browser styles that cannot be overridden.

Button with Dropdowns

Segmented Buttons