Quick Start

Using a theme is as easy as downloading a CSS file and replacing the one that comes with Bootstrap.


To modify a theme or create your own, follow the steps below.

  1. git clone git@github.com:thomaspark/bootswatch.git

  2. npm install

  3. bower install

  4. Edit variables.less and bootswatch.less in one of the theme directories, or create your own in /custom.

  5. Type grunt swatch:[theme] to build the CSS for a theme, e.g., grunt swatch:amelia for Amelia. Or type grunt swatch to build them all at once.

Here are additional tips for customizing Bootstrap.


You can use the API to integrate the themes with your platform. Send your request to:


This returns the version and a themes array with the following properties: name, description, preview, thumbnail, css, cssMin, less, and lessVariables.

Here's a demo with mustache.js templating.