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How to align Bootstrap 5 navbar items to the right?

The Bootstrap 5 Navbar is used to add Navigation links to the web page. The navbar can be added with buttons and links to navigate through pages. Also, it has .navbar-brand class to add company or product name.

By default, the Bootstrap 5 navbar components are aligned to the left. Here, we will learn to align items to the right.

Using flex alignment class

As the navbar is built with flexbox. The navbar items can be aligned using flex utility. Use .justify-content-end class on collapse menu to justify items to the right.

Example: Right aligning the navbar items using flex alignment class

Here is an example, to align items to the right within the navbar. Here, we have used the flex alignment class to do so.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
  <title>Bootstrap </title>
  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
  <link href="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/bootstrap@5.0.1/dist/css/bootstrap.min.css" rel="stylesheet"> 
  <script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/@popperjs/core@2.9.2/dist/umd/popper.min.js" integrity="sha384-IQsoLXl5PILFhosVNubq5LC7Qb9DXgDA9i+tQ8Zj3iwWAwPtgFTxbJ8NT4GN1R8p" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>
  <script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/bootstrap@5.0.1/dist/js/bootstrap.min.js" integrity="sha384-Atwg2Pkwv9vp0ygtn1JAojH0nYbwNJLPhwyoVbhoPwBhjQPR5VtM2+xf0Uwh9KtT" crossorigin="anonymous"></script></head>
<body>    
	<nav class="navbar navbar-expand-sm navbar-light bg-success">
	  <div class="container-fluid ">
		<a class="navbar-brand " href="#">Navbar</a>
		<button class="navbar-toggler" type="button" data-bs-toggle="collapse" data-bs-target="#navbarSupportedContent" aria-controls="navbarSupportedContent" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
		  <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
		</button>
		<div class="collapse navbar-collapse justify-content-end" id="navbarSupportedContent">
		  <ul class="navbar-nav ">
			<li class="nav-item">
			  <a class="nav-link active" aria-current="page" href="#">Home</a>
			</li>
			<li class="nav-item">
			  <a class="nav-link" href="#">Course</a>
			</li>			
		  </ul>		  
		</div>
	  </div>
	</nav>
</body>
</html>

Output

Here is the output of the above program.

navbar alignment 1

Using space utility

The other way to align the navbar items to right is to use the space utility class. Use .ms-auto class within .navbar-nav class to align the nav items to right.

Example: Right aligning navbar items using space utility

In this example, we have used space utility to align items to right.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
  <title>Bootstrap </title>
  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
  <link href="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/bootstrap@5.0.1/dist/css/bootstrap.min.css" rel="stylesheet"> 
  <script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/@popperjs/core@2.9.2/dist/umd/popper.min.js" integrity="sha384-IQsoLXl5PILFhosVNubq5LC7Qb9DXgDA9i+tQ8Zj3iwWAwPtgFTxbJ8NT4GN1R8p" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>
  <script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/bootstrap@5.0.1/dist/js/bootstrap.min.js" integrity="sha384-Atwg2Pkwv9vp0ygtn1JAojH0nYbwNJLPhwyoVbhoPwBhjQPR5VtM2+xf0Uwh9KtT" crossorigin="anonymous"></script></head>
<body>    
	<nav class="navbar navbar-expand-sm navbar-light bg-success">
	  <div class="container-fluid ">
		<a class="navbar-brand " href="#">Navbar</a>
		<button class="navbar-toggler" type="button" data-bs-toggle="collapse" data-bs-target="#navbarSupportedContent" aria-controls="navbarSupportedContent" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
		  <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
		</button>
		<div class="collapse navbar-collapse " id="navbarSupportedContent">
		  <ul class="navbar-nav ms-auto">
			<li class="nav-item">
			  <a class="nav-link active" aria-current="page" href="#">Home</a>
			</li>
			<li class="nav-item">
			  <a class="nav-link" href="#">Course</a>
			</li>			
		  </ul>		  
		</div>
	  </div>
	</nav>
</body>
</html>

Output

Here is the output of the above program where nav items are aligned to right.

nav item alignment

Conclusion

Here, we have used the flex utility and margin utility to align the navbar items to the right. Here we cannot use the float class as the navbar is built with flexbox and float does not work with flexbox. For Bootstrap 4 the ms-auto is replaced with ml-auto.