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I'm trying to get a dropdown working inside a form for one of my React components. Here is how I'm setting up the dropdown portion of the code, the following is inside a form parent tag which is inside the div tag that I'm returning.:

//some code here

    <div className="row top-buffer">
        <div className="col">
            <div className="dropdown">
                    className="btn btn-secondary dropdown-toggle" 
                <div className="dropdown-menu" aria-labelledby="dropdownMenuButton">
                    <a className="dropdown-item" href="#nogo">Item 1</a>
                    <a className="dropdown-item" href="#nogo">Item 2</a>
                    <a className="dropdown-item" href="#nogo">Item 3</a>

//some code here

However, when I click the Dropdown button, it does not display the dropdown menu and the items in it.

All my other bootstrap components are working fine. What am I doing wrong?


I referenced bootstrap in my index.js:

import React from 'react';
import ReactDOM from 'react-dom';
import './index.css';
import App from './App';
import 'bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.min.css'
import './App.css'
import registerServiceWorker from './registerServiceWorker';

ReactDOM.render(<App />, document.getElementById('root'));

Am I missing something?

To make dropdown menu and other js stuff work in 4th Bootstrap you need just follow next steps: install with npm to dependencies:

npm i --save bootstrap jquery popper.js

add it to index.js

import 'bootstrap';
import 'bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.css';
import 'bootstrap/dist/js/bootstrap.js';
import $ from 'jquery';
import Popper from 'popper.js';

all steps are taken from here

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Alexey Nikonov

It's because you've added HTML and CSS but not the js for it. Your code doesn't know what to do when you click on the dropdown. Here is an example how you have to do that. And the code below:

class Dropdown extends React.Component {
  state = {
    isOpen: false

  toggleOpen = () => this.setState({ isOpen: !this.state.isOpen });

  render() {
    const menuClass = `dropdown-menu${this.state.isOpen ? " show" : ""}`;
    return (
      <div className="dropdown" onClick={this.toggleOpen}>
          className="btn btn-secondary dropdown-toggle"
        <div className={menuClass} aria-labelledby="dropdownMenuButton">
          <a className="dropdown-item" href="#nogo">
            Item 1
          <a className="dropdown-item" href="#nogo">
            Item 2
          <a className="dropdown-item" href="#nogo">
            Item 3

ReactDOM.render(<Dropdown />, document.getElementById("root"));
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teimurjan profile pic

In App.js Import like this

import "../node_modules/bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.min.css";

import "../node_modules/bootstrap/dist/js/bootstrap.bundle.min.js";

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Khayal Sharif

after a long searching and tweaking I got the answer here

you just have to add a css to resolve this issue. when you click on dropdown button, it adds a class "show" to that element and as per bootstrap that much is sufficient to make a dropdown button work.

.show>.dropdown-menu {
  display: block;
  position: absolute;

for me it work like charm.

I tries @teimurjan solution and it worked for me but with two issues

  1. I have to manage a state even though its not needed
  2. once dropdown clicked the expanded menu does not disappear on click of body or anywhere else.
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M K Garwa

For me this issue was fixed by using Bootstrap 4.5 instead of Bootstrap 5.

To do this with yarn write:

yarn remove bootstrap
yarn add bootstrap@^4.5

In index.js I then just import it like this.

import 'bootstrap';
import 'bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.css';
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Doh09 profile pic

Add bootstrap as a module -

npm i --save bootstrap

From my experience, please add this line to your index.js and try again -

import 'bootstrap';

Let me know how it goes.

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Vikram Gulia
import 'bootstrap/dist/js/bootstrap'

add this to app.js or index.js file

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ABHISHEK SHAW profile pic

To solve this issue need to pass rootCloseEvent, for example

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Krishnendu Pal

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