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How to create a beautiful tabs using bootstrap and Contrast

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By Emmanuel Chinonso

Web Developer

How to Create a beautiful tab component in react using bootstrap and Contrast.

Tabs are components which separate content placed in the same wrapper, but in the separate pane. Only one pane can be displayed at the time. Today, we’ll be creating a tab in react using a react library knows as 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. CDB Tabs are compatible with ReactRouter, meaning that <NavLink> components inside can be used both for one-page tabs and general routing solution for main navigation. Make sure to include the wrapping <BrowserRouter>. If you are using navs to provide a navigation bar, be sure to add an appropriate role attributes to the <NavLinks> (role="tab").

Prerequisites

The tab 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
  • JavaScript Knowledge
  • NPM installed

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

This should show you the current version of node you have installed on your machine. If you don’t have node.js 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 tab-app

I named the project tab-app but you can use whatever name of your choice.

Install CDBReact Now, we have to install CDBReact in our project Run the following command to install CBDReact

Code:

npm install --save cdbreact

Or using Yarn Code:

yarn add cdbreact

Note that we don’t need to install bootstrap or add it anywhere in our project as CDBReact does that for us upon installation. Our tab would be making use of the Navlink component from React router, so let us install it by running the command below. Code: npm install react-router-dom

Now run npm start to make sure that everything works well and there are no errors. Before we proceed, let’s go ahead and wrap our app with the BrowserRouter component from react-router-dom as Navlinks can’t work outside it.

Code:

import './App.css';
import Tab from './tab';
import { BrowserRouter as Router } from 'react-router-dom';
function App() {
return (
<Router>
<div className="App">
</div>
</Router>
);
}
export default App;

TAB

At the stage we will have to create a file named tab.js which would contain our Tab component. Import the various tab components that we’ll be using.

Code:

import React from "react";
import { CDBNav, CDBTabLink, CDBTabContent, CDBTabPane, CDBContainer } from "cdbreact";
import { NavLink } from react-router-dom;

in the file above, we imported some CDBReact for the tab. -CDBNav for the navigation of the web. -CDBTabLink for links in the tab. -CDBTabContent contains the main body of the tab. -CDBTabPane contains the pane of the tab. -CDBContainer wraps the entire components of the tab.

Code:

const Tab = () => {
return (
<CDBContainer>
<CDBContainer>
<CDBNav className="nav-tabs mt-5">
<CDBTabLink
link
to="#"
active={this.state.activeItem === "1"}
onClick={this.toggle("1")}
role="tab"
>
Label 1
</CDBTabLink>
<CDBTabLink
link
to="#"
active={this.state.activeItem === "2"}
onClick={this.toggle("2")}
role="tab"
>
Label 2
</CDBTabLink>
<CDBTabLink
link
to="#"
active={this.state.activeItem === "3"}
onClick={this.toggle("3")}
role="tab"
>
Label 3
</CDBTabLink>
</CDBNav>
<CDBTabContent activeItem={this.state.activeItem}>
<CDBTabPane tabId="1" role="tabpanel">
<p className="mt-2">
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit.
Nihil odit magnam minima, soluta doloribus reiciendis
molestiae placeat unde eos molestias. Quisquam aperiam,
pariatur. Tempora, placeat ratione porro voluptate odit
minima.
</p>
</CDBTabPane>
<CDBTabPane tabId="2" role="tabpanel">
<p className="mt-2">
Quisquam aperiam, pariatur. Tempora, placeat ratione porro
voluptate odit minima. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipisicing elit. Nihil odit magnam minima,
soluta doloribus reiciendis molestiae placeat unde eos
molestias.
</p>
<p>
Quisquam aperiam, pariatur. Tempora, placeat ratione porro
voluptate odit minima. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipisicing elit. Nihil odit magnam minima,
soluta doloribus reiciendis molestiae placeat unde eos
molestias.
</p>
</CDBTabPane>
<CDBTabPane tabId="3" role="tabpanel">
<p className="mt-2">
Quisquam aperiam, pariatur. Tempora, placeat ratione porro
voluptate odit minima. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipisicing elit. Nihil odit magnam minima,
soluta doloribus reiciendis molestiae placeat unde eos
molestias.
</p>
</CDBTabPane>
</CDBTabContent>
</CDBContainer>
</CDBContainer>
);
};
export default Tab;

In the code above, we used CDBNav, CDBTabLink, CDBTabContent, CDBTabPane, CDBContainer to create the tab, add contents with some bootstrap styling which beautifies the tab. Let us go ahead to import the created tab component into our app component

Code:

import './App.css';
import Tab from './tab';
import { BrowserRouter as Router } from 'react-router-dom';
function App() {
return (
<Router>
<div className="App">
<Tab />
</div>
</Router>
);
}
export default App;

Conclusion

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

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