Update: Bootstrap version 5 alpha has been officially launched! We wrote an article about the updates and features.
Bootstrap has been around for more than 8 years and it is the most popular CSS Framework in the world. It powers roughly 18 million websites worldwide and these numbers are still growing. If you’re a web developer there is almost zero chance that you wouldn’t have at least heard about it.
The alpha version of Bootstrap 4 has been released on the 19th of August 2015 and it brought a lot of improvements such as flexbox, a better grid system, cards, improved navbars and switching Sass over Less. Additionally it took more than 2 years to bring it to a stable version on January 18th, 2018.
With that being said let’s analyze everything we know about Bootstrap 5’s release date and improvements.
Bootstrap 5 release date
Progress is looking really good on the official Github project tracking board with 686 tasks being shipped and roughly 35 more pending or being in review. Taking in consideration that they’re already working on the alpa-2 and alpha-3 versions, we can expect Bootstrap 5 to be released in late spring this year.
Here’s a list of all the expected changes:
- Removing jQuery
- Dropping support for IE 10 & 11
- Custom SVG icon library
- Switching to Hugo from Jekyll
- Minor CSS and class updates and fixes
Removing jQuery 😱
I believe this is a good time to do it as jQuery has served its purpose for a long time. Removing this dependency will lighten the project’s size considerably.
Dropping IE 10 & 11 support 📺
Both Internet Explorer 10 & 11 accounts for less than 5% of global browser usage and considering that since 2016 Microsoft ended support for versions older than 10 this is an understandable change.
Update: Although there were PR's related to dropping IE 11 support, it was never merged in the final master branch. IE 11 support will still be available for Bootstrap 5.
Update 2: according to a commit made an hour ago it is now clear that IE 11 support is being dropped, however there will be workarounds to make it work.
Read more about the implications and workarounds for using IE 11 with Bootstrap 5.
Custom SVG icon library 🚀
Personally I was a bit disappointed with the lack of an integrated icon library for the 4th version. We usually use Font Awesome or custom SVG icons in our products, but we may soon change that.
With the 5th version there’s a brand new SVG powered icon library coming created by Mark Otto. What’s even better is that it has already been released in December and you can use them in your projects right now!
Read more about our comparison between Bootstrap icons and Font Awesome.
Switching to Hugo from Jekyll 🔝
Jekyll has been around for a long time as a very popular Static Site Generator, however in recent years Hugo has been deemed to be the fastest and most recommended one. We see this change similar to what they did with the 4th version of Bootstrap by switching from Less to Sass.
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Pixel Pro Bootstrap UI Kit
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In conclusion Bootstrap 5 should be faster, simpler and better looking. Don’t expect huge changes in terms of the base set of components, but rather appreciate the time it will save you developing beautiful user interfaces and the shorter loading time for the users.
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