Twitter Bootstrap 4 Forms and Navigation in Rails 5

We will continue to work on the Movies database Rails 5 app we developed in Integrating Twitter Bootstrap 4 with Rails 5. In this article, you will learn how to style the forms and highlight the navigation tabs using Twitter Bootstrap 4.

Generate a welcome controller with about action.

rails g controller welcome about

Add some text to the about.html.erb. Define the routes for the about page.

get 'welcome/about', to: 'welcome#about', as: :about

Change the static links in the header partial.

<li class="nav-item <%= active_class('movies', 'new') %>">
  <%= link_to '/movies/new', class: "nav-link" do %>
    New Movie
    <span class="sr-only"> <%= active_span('movies', 'new') %> </span>
  <% end %>   

<li class="nav-item <%= active_class('welcome', 'about') %>">
  <%= link_to about_path, class: 'nav-link' do %>
    <span class="sr-only"> <%= active_span('welcome', 'about') %> </span>
  <% end %>

Add helper methods to highlight the navigation tab in application_helper.rb file.

module ApplicationHelper
  def active_class(controller_name, action_name)    
    "active" if current_page?(controller: controller_name, action: action_name)

  def active_span(controller_name, action_name)
    "(current)" if current_page?(controller: controller_name, action: action_name)

You will now be able to see the tab highlighted when you click on 'New Movies' or 'About' page. Let's add a border and a box shadow around the page. In application.scss:

#wrapper {
  border: 1px #e4e4e4 solid;
  padding: 20px;
  border-radius: 4px;
  box-shadow: 0 0 6px #ccc;
  background-color: #fff;

In the layout file use the wrapper.

<div id= 'wrapper' class="container">
  <% flash.each do |name, msg| %>
    <%= content_tag(:div, msg, class: "alert alert-info") %>
  <% end %>

  <%= yield %>

You will now see a nice shadow around all the pages in the webapp. You can download the source code for this project from FilmBuff

Note: I don't know if the drop shadow effect is applicable for tablets and smart phones. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.


In this article, you learned how to style the form and highlight navigation tab using Twitter Bootstrap 4. We also added a box shadow effect for the pages.


Create a border and a box shadow around the page

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