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Tailwind CSS Tabs - Flowbite

Use these responsive tabs components to create a secondary navigational hierarchy for your website or toggle content inside a container

The tabs component can be used either as an extra navigational hierarchy complementing the main navbar or you can also use it to change content inside a container just below the tabs using the data attributes from Flowbite.

Default tabs #

Use the following default tabs component example to show a list of links that the user can navigate from on your website.

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<ul class="flex flex-wrap text-sm font-medium text-center text-gray-500 border-b border-gray-200 dark:border-gray-700 dark:text-gray-400">
    <li class="mr-2">
        <a href="#" aria-current="page" class="inline-block p-4 text-blue-600 bg-gray-100 rounded-t-lg active dark:bg-gray-800 dark:text-blue-500">Profile</a>
    </li>
    <li class="mr-2">
        <a href="#" class="inline-block p-4 rounded-t-lg hover:text-gray-600 hover:bg-gray-50 dark:hover:bg-gray-800 dark:hover:text-gray-300">Dashboard</a>
    </li>
    <li class="mr-2">
        <a href="#" class="inline-block p-4 rounded-t-lg hover:text-gray-600 hover:bg-gray-50 dark:hover:bg-gray-800 dark:hover:text-gray-300">Settings</a>
    </li>
    <li class="mr-2">
        <a href="#" class="inline-block p-4 rounded-t-lg hover:text-gray-600 hover:bg-gray-50 dark:hover:bg-gray-800 dark:hover:text-gray-300">Contacts</a>
    </li>
    <li>
        <a class="inline-block p-4 text-gray-400 rounded-t-lg cursor-not-allowed dark:text-gray-500">Disabled</a>
    </li>
</ul>

Tabs with underline #

Use this alternative tabs component style with an underline instead of a background when hovering and being active on a certain page.

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<div class="text-sm font-medium text-center text-gray-500 border-b border-gray-200 dark:text-gray-400 dark:border-gray-700">
    <ul class="flex flex-wrap -mb-px">
        <li class="mr-2">
            <a href="#" class="inline-block p-4 rounded-t-lg border-b-2 border-transparent hover:text-gray-600 hover:border-gray-300 dark:hover:text-gray-300">Profile</a>
        </li>
        <li class="mr-2">
            <a href="#" class="inline-block p-4 text-blue-600 rounded-t-lg border-b-2 border-blue-600 active dark:text-blue-500 dark:border-blue-500" aria-current="page">Dashboard</a>
        </li>
        <li class="mr-2">
            <a href="#" class="inline-block p-4 rounded-t-lg border-b-2 border-transparent hover:text-gray-600 hover:border-gray-300 dark:hover:text-gray-300">Settings</a>
        </li>
        <li class="mr-2">
            <a href="#" class="inline-block p-4 rounded-t-lg border-b-2 border-transparent hover:text-gray-600 hover:border-gray-300 dark:hover:text-gray-300">Contacts</a>
        </li>
        <li>
            <a class="inline-block p-4 text-gray-400 rounded-t-lg cursor-not-allowed dark:text-gray-500">Disabled</a>
        </li>
    </ul>
</div>

Tabs with icons #

This is an example of the tabs component where you can also use a SVG powered icon to complement the text within the navigational tabs.

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<div class="border-b border-gray-200 dark:border-gray-700">
    <ul class="flex flex-wrap -mb-px text-sm font-medium text-center text-gray-500 dark:text-gray-400">
        <li class="mr-2">
            <a href="#" class="inline-flex p-4 rounded-t-lg border-b-2 border-transparent hover:text-gray-600 hover:border-gray-300 dark:hover:text-gray-300 group">
                <svg aria-hidden="true" class="mr-2 w-5 h-5 text-gray-400 group-hover:text-gray-500 dark:text-gray-500 dark:group-hover:text-gray-300" fill="currentColor" viewBox="0 0 20 20" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg"><path fill-rule="evenodd" d="M18 10a8 8 0 11-16 0 8 8 0 0116 0zm-6-3a2 2 0 11-4 0 2 2 0 014 0zm-2 4a5 5 0 00-4.546 2.916A5.986 5.986 0 0010 16a5.986 5.986 0 004.546-2.084A5 5 0 0010 11z" clip-rule="evenodd"></path></svg>Profile
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mr-2">
            <a href="#" class="inline-flex p-4 text-blue-600 rounded-t-lg border-b-2 border-blue-600 active dark:text-blue-500 dark:border-blue-500 group" aria-current="page">
                <svg aria-hidden="true" class="mr-2 w-5 h-5 text-blue-600 dark:text-blue-500" fill="currentColor" viewBox="0 0 20 20" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg"><path d="M5 3a2 2 0 00-2 2v2a2 2 0 002 2h2a2 2 0 002-2V5a2 2 0 00-2-2H5zM5 11a2 2 0 00-2 2v2a2 2 0 002 2h2a2 2 0 002-2v-2a2 2 0 00-2-2H5zM11 5a2 2 0 012-2h2a2 2 0 012 2v2a2 2 0 01-2 2h-2a2 2 0 01-2-2V5zM11 13a2 2 0 012-2h2a2 2 0 012 2v2a2 2 0 01-2 2h-2a2 2 0 01-2-2v-2z"></path></svg>Dashboard
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mr-2">
            <a href="#" class="inline-flex p-4 rounded-t-lg border-b-2 border-transparent hover:text-gray-600 hover:border-gray-300 dark:hover:text-gray-300 group">
                <svg aria-hidden="true" class="mr-2 w-5 h-5 text-gray-400 group-hover:text-gray-500 dark:text-gray-500 dark:group-hover:text-gray-300" fill="currentColor" viewBox="0 0 20 20" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg"><path d="M5 4a1 1 0 00-2 0v7.268a2 2 0 000 3.464V16a1 1 0 102 0v-1.268a2 2 0 000-3.464V4zM11 4a1 1 0 10-2 0v1.268a2 2 0 000 3.464V16a1 1 0 102 0V8.732a2 2 0 000-3.464V4zM16 3a1 1 0 011 1v7.268a2 2 0 010 3.464V16a1 1 0 11-2 0v-1.268a2 2 0 010-3.464V4a1 1 0 011-1z"></path></svg>Settings
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="mr-2">
            <a href="#" class="inline-flex p-4 rounded-t-lg border-b-2 border-transparent hover:text-gray-600 hover:border-gray-300 dark:hover:text-gray-300 group">
                <svg aria-hidden="true" class="mr-2 w-5 h-5 text-gray-400 group-hover:text-gray-500 dark:text-gray-500 dark:group-hover:text-gray-300" fill="currentColor" viewBox="0 0 20 20" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg"><path d="M9 2a1 1 0 000 2h2a1 1 0 100-2H9z"></path><path fill-rule="evenodd" d="M4 5a2 2 0 012-2 3 3 0 003 3h2a3 3 0 003-3 2 2 0 012 2v11a2 2 0 01-2 2H6a2 2 0 01-2-2V5zm3 4a1 1 0 000 2h.01a1 1 0 100-2H7zm3 0a1 1 0 000 2h3a1 1 0 100-2h-3zm-3 4a1 1 0 100 2h.01a1 1 0 100-2H7zm3 0a1 1 0 100 2h3a1 1 0 100-2h-3z" clip-rule="evenodd"></path></svg>Contacts
            </a>
        </li>
        <li>
            <a class="inline-block p-4 text-gray-400 rounded-t-lg cursor-not-allowed dark:text-gray-500">Disabled</a>
        </li>
    </ul>
</div>

Pills tabs #

If you want to use pills as a style for the tabs component you can do so by using this example.

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<ul class="flex flex-wrap text-sm font-medium text-center text-gray-500 dark:text-gray-400">
    <li class="mr-2">
        <a href="#" class="inline-block py-3 px-4 text-white bg-blue-600 rounded-lg active" aria-current="page">Tab 1</a>
    </li>
    <li class="mr-2">
        <a href="#"  class="inline-block py-3 px-4 rounded-lg hover:text-gray-900 hover:bg-gray-100 dark:hover:bg-gray-800 dark:hover:text-white">Tab 2</a>
    </li>
    <li class="mr-2">
        <a href="#" class="inline-block py-3 px-4 rounded-lg hover:text-gray-900 hover:bg-gray-100 dark:hover:bg-gray-800 dark:hover:text-white">Tab 3</a>
    </li>
    <li class="mr-2">
        <a href="#" class="inline-block py-3 px-4 rounded-lg hover:text-gray-900 hover:bg-gray-100 dark:hover:bg-gray-800 dark:hover:text-white">Tab 4</a>
    </li>
    <li>
        <a class="inline-block py-3 px-4 text-gray-400 cursor-not-allowed dark:text-gray-500">Tab 5</a>
    </li>
</ul>

Full width tabs #

If you want to show the tabs on the full width relative to the parent element you can do so by using the full width tabs component example.

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<div class="sm:hidden">
    <label for="tabs" class="sr-only">Select your country</label>
    <select id="tabs" class="bg-gray-50 border border-gray-300 text-gray-900 text-sm rounded-lg focus:ring-blue-500 focus:border-blue-500 block w-full p-2.5 dark:bg-gray-700 dark:border-gray-600 dark:placeholder-gray-400 dark:text-white dark:focus:ring-blue-500 dark:focus:border-blue-500">
        <option>Profile</option>
        <option>Canada</option>
        <option>France</option>
        <option>Germany</option>
    </select>
</div>
<ul class="hidden text-sm font-medium text-center text-gray-500 rounded-lg divide-x divide-gray-200 shadow sm:flex dark:divide-gray-700 dark:text-gray-400">
    <li class="w-full">
        <a href="#" class="inline-block p-4 w-full text-gray-900 bg-gray-100 rounded-l-lg focus:ring-4 focus:ring-blue-300 active focus:outline-none dark:bg-gray-700 dark:text-white" aria-current="page">Profile</a>
    </li>
    <li class="w-full">
        <a href="#" class="inline-block p-4 w-full bg-white hover:text-gray-700 hover:bg-gray-50 focus:ring-4 focus:ring-blue-300 focus:outline-none dark:hover:text-white dark:bg-gray-800 dark:hover:bg-gray-700">Dashboard</a>
    </li>
    <li class="w-full">
        <a href="#" class="inline-block p-4 w-full bg-white hover:text-gray-700 hover:bg-gray-50 focus:ring-4 focus:ring-blue-300 focus:outline-none dark:hover:text-white dark:bg-gray-800 dark:hover:bg-gray-700">Settings</a>
    </li>
    <li class="w-full">
        <a href="#" class="inline-block p-4 w-full bg-white rounded-r-lg hover:text-gray-700 hover:bg-gray-50 focus:ring-4 focus:outline-none focus:ring-blue-300 dark:hover:text-white dark:bg-gray-800 dark:hover:bg-gray-700">Invoice</a>
    </li>
</ul>

Interactive tabs #

Use the dynamic tabs component to interactively show and hide the content below the tabs based on the currently active tab item. Make sure that you initialize the component by using the data-tabs-toggle="{parentTabContentSelector}" and also apply an id attribute to the same element.

Each tab toggle button needs to have a role="tab" attribute and a data-tabs-target="{tabContentSelector}" to target the tab content element that will be shown when clicked.

Use the aria-selected="true" data attribute so that Flowbite can target the currently active tab component and hide it when another is shown. If not set, it will show the first tab as active.

Apply the role="tabpanel" data attribute to every tab content element and set the id attribute which will be equal to the data-tabs-target={tabContentSelector} from the tabs toggles.

You can use multiple tab components on a single page but make sure that the id’s are different.

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<div class="mb-4 border-b border-gray-200 dark:border-gray-700">
    <ul class="flex flex-wrap -mb-px text-sm font-medium text-center" id="myTab" data-tabs-toggle="#myTabContent" role="tablist">
        <li class="mr-2" role="presentation">
            <button class="inline-block p-4 rounded-t-lg border-b-2" id="profile-tab" data-tabs-target="#profile" type="button" role="tab" aria-controls="profile" aria-selected="false">Profile</button>
        </li>
        <li class="mr-2" role="presentation">
            <button class="inline-block p-4 rounded-t-lg border-b-2 border-transparent hover:text-gray-600 hover:border-gray-300 dark:hover:text-gray-300" id="dashboard-tab" data-tabs-target="#dashboard" type="button" role="tab" aria-controls="dashboard" aria-selected="false">Dashboard</button>
        </li>
        <li class="mr-2" role="presentation">
            <button class="inline-block p-4 rounded-t-lg border-b-2 border-transparent hover:text-gray-600 hover:border-gray-300 dark:hover:text-gray-300" id="settings-tab" data-tabs-target="#settings" type="button" role="tab" aria-controls="settings" aria-selected="false">Settings</button>
        </li>
        <li role="presentation">
            <button class="inline-block p-4 rounded-t-lg border-b-2 border-transparent hover:text-gray-600 hover:border-gray-300 dark:hover:text-gray-300" id="contacts-tab" data-tabs-target="#contacts" type="button" role="tab" aria-controls="contacts" aria-selected="false">Contacts</button>
        </li>
    </ul>
</div>
<div id="myTabContent">
    <div class="hidden p-4 bg-gray-50 rounded-lg dark:bg-gray-800" id="profile" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="profile-tab">
        <p class="text-sm text-gray-500 dark:text-gray-400">This is some placeholder content the <strong class="font-medium text-gray-800 dark:text-white">Profile tab's associated content</strong>. Clicking another tab will toggle the visibility of this one for the next. The tab JavaScript swaps classes to control the content visibility and styling.</p>
    </div>
    <div class="hidden p-4 bg-gray-50 rounded-lg dark:bg-gray-800" id="dashboard" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="dashboard-tab">
        <p class="text-sm text-gray-500 dark:text-gray-400">This is some placeholder content the <strong class="font-medium text-gray-800 dark:text-white">Dashboard tab's associated content</strong>. Clicking another tab will toggle the visibility of this one for the next. The tab JavaScript swaps classes to control the content visibility and styling.</p>
    </div>
    <div class="hidden p-4 bg-gray-50 rounded-lg dark:bg-gray-800" id="settings" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="settings-tab">
        <p class="text-sm text-gray-500 dark:text-gray-400">This is some placeholder content the <strong class="font-medium text-gray-800 dark:text-white">Settings tab's associated content</strong>. Clicking another tab will toggle the visibility of this one for the next. The tab JavaScript swaps classes to control the content visibility and styling.</p>
    </div>
    <div class="hidden p-4 bg-gray-50 rounded-lg dark:bg-gray-800" id="contacts" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="contacts-tab">
        <p class="text-sm text-gray-500 dark:text-gray-400">This is some placeholder content the <strong class="font-medium text-gray-800 dark:text-white">Contacts tab's associated content</strong>. Clicking another tab will toggle the visibility of this one for the next. The tab JavaScript swaps classes to control the content visibility and styling.</p>
    </div>
</div>

JavaScript behaviour #

The Tabs class from Flowbite can be used to create an object that will enable the interactive navigation between tabs and its content based on the parameters, options, methods, and callback functions that you apply.

Object parameters #

Create a new Tabs object with parameters such as an array of the tab and content elements.

Parameter Type Required Description
items Array Required Array of the tab objects including the id, trigger element, and the content element.
options Object Optional An object of options for the appearances of the tabs and to use callback functions.

Options #

Use the following options as the second parameter for the Tabs object to set the appearance of the active tab elements and use callback functions.

Option Type Description
defaultTabId String Set the currently active tab element based on the ID.
activeClasses Array Set an array of Tailwind CSS class names to apply for the active tab element.
inactiveClasses Array Apply an array of Tailwind CSS class names to apply for the inactive tab elements.
onShow Function Set a callback function when the a new tab has been shown.

Methods #

Use the methods from the Tabs object to programatically change the current active tab using JavaScript.

Method Description
show(id) Use the show function on the Tab object to change the current active tab element.
getTab(id) Return the tab element based on the ID.

Example #

Check out the following example to learn how to initialize and manipulate a Tabs object in JavaScript.

First of all, create an array of objects that contains the id, trigger element, and content element of each tab, set the active tab based on the id, and optionally set a callback function after a new tab has been shown.

// create an array of objects with the id, trigger element (eg. button), and the content element
const tabElements = [
    {
        id: 'profile',
        triggerEl: document.querySelector('#profile-tab-example'),
        targetEl: document.querySelector('#profile-example')
    },
    {
        id: 'dashboard',
        triggerEl: document.querySelector('#dashboard-tab-example'),
        targetEl: document.querySelector('#dashboard-example')
    },
    {
        id: 'settings',
        triggerEl: document.querySelector('#settings-tab-example'),
        targetEl: document.querySelector('#settings-example')
    },
    {
        id: 'contacts',
        triggerEl: document.querySelector('#contacts-tab-example'),
        targetEl: document.querySelector('#contacts-example')
    }
];

// options with default values
const options = {
    defaultTabId: 'settings',
    activeClasses: 'text-blue-600 hover:text-blue-600 dark:text-blue-500 dark:hover:text-blue-400 border-blue-600 dark:border-blue-500',
    inactiveClasses: 'text-gray-500 hover:text-gray-600 dark:text-gray-400 border-gray-100 hover:border-gray-300 dark:border-gray-700 dark:hover:text-gray-300',
    onShow: () => {
        console.log('tab is shown');
    }
};

Create a new Tabs object based on the parameters we’ve previously set.

/*
* tabElements: array of tab objects
* options: optional
*/
const tabs = new Tabs(tabElements, options);

Lastly, you can now use the methods on the Tabs object to show another tab element, get a tab element based on the id, or get the current active tab element.

// shows another tab element
tabs.show('dashboard');

// get the tab object based on ID
tabs.getTab('contacts')

// get the current active tab object
tabs.getActiveTab()

HTML Markup #

You can use this HTML code as an example for the JavaScript code from above.

<div class="mb-4 border-b border-gray-200 dark:border-gray-700">
    <ul class="flex flex-wrap -mb-px text-sm font-medium text-center text-gray-500 dark:text-gray-400" id="tabExample" role="tablist">
        <li class="mr-2" role="presentation">
            <button class="inline-block p-4 rounded-t-lg border-b-2 border-transparent hover:text-gray-600 hover:border-gray-300 dark:hover:text-gray-300" id="profile-tab-example" type="button" role="tab" aria-controls="profile-example" aria-selected="false">Profile</button>
        </li>
        <li class="mr-2" role="presentation">
            <button class="inline-block p-4 rounded-t-lg border-b-2 border-transparent hover:text-gray-600 hover:border-gray-300 dark:hover:text-gray-300" id="dashboard-tab-example" type="button" role="tab" aria-controls="dashboard-example" aria-selected="false">Dashboard</button>
        </li>
        <li class="mr-2" role="presentation">
            <button class="inline-block p-4 rounded-t-lg border-b-2 border-transparent hover:text-gray-600 hover:border-gray-300 dark:hover:text-gray-300" id="settings-tab-example" type="button" role="tab" aria-controls="settings-example" aria-selected="false">Settings</button>
        </li>
        <li role="presentation">
            <button class="inline-block p-4 rounded-t-lg border-b-2 border-transparent hover:text-gray-600 hover:border-gray-300 dark:hover:text-gray-300" id="contacts-tab-example" type="button" role="tab" aria-controls="contacts-example" aria-selected="false">Contacts</button>
        </li>
    </ul>
</div>
<div id="tabContentExample">
    <div class="hidden p-4 bg-gray-50 rounded-lg dark:bg-gray-800" id="profile-example" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="profile-tab-example">
        <p class="text-sm text-gray-500 dark:text-gray-400">This is some placeholder content the <strong class="font-medium text-gray-800 dark:text-white">Profile tab's associated content</strong>. Clicking another tab will toggle the visibility of this one for the next. The tab JavaScript swaps classes to control the content visibility and styling.</p>
    </div>
    <div class="hidden p-4 bg-gray-50 rounded-lg dark:bg-gray-800" id="dashboard-example" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="dashboard-tab-example">
        <p class="text-sm text-gray-500 dark:text-gray-400">This is some placeholder content the <strong class="font-medium text-gray-800 dark:text-white">Dashboard tab's associated content</strong>. Clicking another tab will toggle the visibility of this one for the next. The tab JavaScript swaps classes to control the content visibility and styling.</p>
    </div>
    <div class="hidden p-4 bg-gray-50 rounded-lg dark:bg-gray-800" id="settings-example" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="settings-tab-example">
        <p class="text-sm text-gray-500 dark:text-gray-400">This is some placeholder content the <strong class="font-medium text-gray-800 dark:text-white">Settings tab's associated content</strong>. Clicking another tab will toggle the visibility of this one for the next. The tab JavaScript swaps classes to control the content visibility and styling.</p>
    </div>
    <div class="hidden p-4 bg-gray-50 rounded-lg dark:bg-gray-800" id="contacts-example" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="contacts-tab-example">
        <p class="text-sm text-gray-500 dark:text-gray-400">This is some placeholder content the <strong class="font-medium text-gray-800 dark:text-white">Contacts tab's associated content</strong>. Clicking another tab will toggle the visibility of this one for the next. The tab JavaScript swaps classes to control the content visibility and styling.</p>
    </div>
</div>