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How to create a beautiful select with icons using bootstrap and Contrast on React.


By Emmanuel Chinonso

Web Developer

How to create a beautiful select with icons using bootstrap and Contrast on React.

The Select component is a form control, that after the click displays a collapsible list of multiple values which can be used in forms, menus or surveys.

Select enables you to use ↑ and ↓ arrow keys to navigate through options and use ↵ key to select required option (works for stateful select). We are going to look at how to create a select using contrast.

Contrast also known as CDBReact is a react library which is an Elegant UI kit with full bootstrap support that has reusable components for building mobile-first, responsive websites, and web apps.


The Select would be built using React, Bootstrap, and CDBReact. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of CDBReact but the following are necessary:

  • JavaScript Knowledge
  • Basic React Knowledge
  • Basic Bootstrap knowledge
  • NPM installed


First Check that you have node installed. To do this, run the following command in your terminal.



This should show you the current version of node you have installed on your machine. If you don’t have nodejs installed, download it here. Installing node also installs npm on your PC but you can still confirm using npm-v. Now that we have node installed, we can start up our React project by going to the directory of our choice and running


npx create-react-app select-app

I named the project select-app but you can use whatever name of your choice. Select with icon Going forward, we need to create a file named select.js which would contain our select component. Then, we can Import the select component that we’ll be using. It is important you download the pro version of contrast to use the select with icons.


import React, { useState } from "react";
import { CDBSelect, CDBContainer } from "cdbreact";

Here, we imported the usestate from react including CDBSelect and CDBContainer from contrast. we can now go ahead to create the select with icon and add styling to them according to our preference. In order to use the select with icons you need to download the pro version of contrast.


export const Select = () => {
const [option] = useState([
text: "Select Option",
text: "Another Option",
text: "Option 3",
text: "Option 4",
text: "Last Option",
return (
<CDBSelect2 options={option} iconBrand selected="Choose an option" color="white"/>
export default Select;

In the above code, the select component is created and the various style and icons are added. Let us go ahead to import the created select component into our app component


import './App.css';
import Select from './select';
function App() {
return (
<div className="App">
<Select />
export default App;

Conclusion: Building a select using contrast is quite simple and allows you to use several tools including bootstrap styling without installing bootstrap to create your select with icon. You can also check out some other features you can use in CDBReact Select Docs . you can also check the code here in our github.

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