The carousel is a slideshow for cycling through a series of content. It works with a series of images, text, or custom markup. It also includes support for previous/next controls and indicators.

Points to remember
  • In browsers where the Page Visibility API is supported, the carousel will avoid sliding when the webpage is not visible to the user (such as when the browser tab is inactive, the browser window is minimized, etc.).
  • Nested carousels are not supported, and carousels are generally not compliant with accessibility standards.
  • The .active class needs to be added to one of the slides otherwise the carousel will not be visible.
  • You must set a unique id on the .carousel for optional controls, especially if you're using multiple carousels on a single page.
How to use
Create a <div> element and add .carousel class and .slide class in addition to it. Inside it add a child element with class .carousel-inner and slide elements containing the content with .carousel-item class.

Using the below ways you create carousel with just slides, prev/ next controls, indicators or captions. You can also add animation crossfade effect.

Slides only

Here's a carousel with slides only. Note the presence of the .d-block and .w-100 on carousel images to prevent browser default image alignment.

With controls

Adding in the previous and next controls:

With indicators

You can also add the indicators to the carousel, alongside the controls, too. Control and indicator elements must have a data-target attribute (or href for links) that matches the id of the .carousel element.

With captions

You can add captions to your slides with the .carousel-caption element within any .carousel-item.


Caption visibility on view ports Captions can be hidden on smaller viewports, as shown below, with optional display utilities. Initially we hide them with .d-none and bring them back on medium-sized devices with .d-md-block.

<div class="carousel-item">
  <img src="..." alt="...">
  <div class="carousel-caption d-none d-md-block">

Add .carousel-fade to your carousel to animate slides with a fade transition instead of a slide.

Via data attributes

Use data attributes to easily control the position of the carousel. data-slide accepts the keywords prev or next, which alters the slide position relative to its current position. Alternatively, use data-slide-to to pass a raw slide index to the carousel data-slide-to="2", which shifts the slide position to a particular index beginning with 0.

The data-ride="carousel" attribute is used to mark a carousel as animating starting at page load. It cannot be used in combination with (redundant and unnecessary) explicit JavaScript initialization of the same carousel.

Via JavaScript

Call carousel manually with javascript.

Carousel More Options

Options can be passed via data attributes or JavaScript. For data attributes, append the option name to data-, as in data-interval="".

Name Type Default Description
interval number 5000 The amount of time to delay between automatically cycling an item. If false, carousel will not automatically cycle.
keyboard boolean true Whether the carousel should react to keyboard events.
pause string | boolean "hover"

If set to "hover", pauses the cycling of the carousel on mouseenter and resumes the cycling of the carousel on mouseleave. If set to false, hovering over the carousel won't pause it.

On touch-enabled devices, when set to "hover", cycling will pause on touchend (once the user finished interacting with the carousel) for two intervals, before automatically resuming. Note that this is in addition to the above mouse behavior.

ride string false Autoplays the carousel after the user manually cycles the first item. If "carousel", autoplays the carousel on load.
wrap boolean true Whether the carousel should cycle continuously or have hard stops.

Asynchronous methods and transitions

All API methods are asynchronous and start a transition. They return to the caller as soon as the transition is started but before it ends. In addition, a method call on a transitioning component will be ignored.


Initializes the carousel with an optional options object and starts cycling through items.

  interval: 2000


Cycles through the carousel items from left to right.


Stops the carousel from cycling through items.


Cycles the carousel to a particular frame (0 based, similar to an array). Returns to the caller before the target item has been shown (i.e. before the event occurs).


Cycles to the previous item. Returns to the caller before the previous item has been shown(i.e. before the event occurs).


Cycles to the next item. Returns to the caller before the next item has been shown (i.e. before the event occurs).


Destroys an element's carousel.


Bootstrap's carousel class exposes two events for hooking into carousel functionality. Both events have the following additional properties:

  • direction: The direction in which the carousel is sliding (either "left" or "right").
  • relatedTarget: The DOM element that is being slid into place as the active item.
  • from: The index of the current item
  • to: The index of the next item

All carousel events are fired at the carousel itself (i.e. at the <div class="carousel">).

Event Type Description This event fires immediately when the slide instance method is invoked. This event is fired when the carousel has completed its slide transition.
$('#myCarousel').on('', function () {
  // do something…
Change transition duration

The transition duration of .carousel-item can be changed with the $carousel-transition Sass variable before compiling or custom styles if you're using the compiled CSS. If multiple transitions are applied, make sure the transform transition is defined first (eg. transition: transform 2s ease, opacity .5s ease-out).

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