Bootstrap has exploded since twitter released it in 2011, becoming one of the most popular responsive frameworks available. It boasts an extensive library of pre-styled components, plugins and add-ons that make kickstarting your next web project a breeze. In this article I have collected 10+ free essential bootstrap editors, available online or as desktop tools, to help boost your web development productivity.
10+ Free Essential Bootstrap Editors
Kickstrap is a front-end framework with the Bootstrap library bundled and layered, and you can decide which Bootstrap CSS and JS components to use as you develop. Since you never edit Bootstrap’s code directly, you can keep its layers up-to-date without overwriting your existing code. Kickstrap is ready to use “out of the box,” so there is no installation or database required. This enables you to put Kickstrap right onto your server.
Bootply is a drag and drop visual editor to design, create prototypes and test the Bootstrap framework. It integrates well with other popular plugins, micro-libraries and frameworks, including FontAwesome, AngularJS, Isotope, jQuery and many others.
X-Editable provides in-place editing with Bootstrap, jQuery UI or pure jQuery, and the library allows you to create editable elements, including both “popup” and “inline” modes.
It boasts a wealth of features, including client-side and server-side validation, keyboard support, live events, customizable container placement and more. X-Editable provides faster development, easy adding and removing of fields, a simple backend script for data updates and is more convenient for small forms.
LayoutIt create your frontend code simple and quickly with Bootstrap using our Drag & Drop Interface Builder.
PaintStrap, you can generate beautiful Bootstrap themes with Adobe Kuler or Colourl overs. To get started, input either the color scheme theme ID or a permalink URL, and then set the colors for corresponding elements such as text, navigation, buttons, background and links. You can generate the resulting CSS as a ZIP of all the files, individually or as a theme. You can share your color scheme in the gallery or download another user’s theme.
Pingendo is a visual desktop application to create prototypes of responsive websites based on the Bootstrap framework. You can start a project from the collection of ready to use layouts, drag elements into position, resize and customize, and insert your own content.
Fancyboot is a simple but powerful customization tool for Bootstrap that allows you to edit Bootstrap installations and see live previews of your changes. You can select the plugins and components you want included, use the side menu and select the colors you wish to use. you can download a ZIP file with the compiled and minified CSS, as well compiled jQuery plugins.
Bootstrap Magic is a Bootstrap theme generator using the latest Bootstrap 3 release and Angular JS. It provides a live preview of any changes as you make them, and includes variable importing, a color picker and smart typeahead. It also completely rebrands the framework to your own style.
Style Bootstrap is an in-browser GUI utility to customize the Twitter Bootstrap look and feel. You can customize the body style, typography, buttons, navigation, forms, alerts and more. Once you’ve finished crafting your theme, you can download the generated CSS.
BootSwatchr is a visual tool, inspired by Bootswatch, for creating custom Bootstrap themes from the ground up. Just like Bootstrap it uses LESS to create dynamic, modular stylesheets to give you a live preview of the changes you make. To get started, simply create a new BootSwatch and edit the variables you wish to change on the left. This will update the preview on the right. You can export in JSON format or download the full or minified CSS file.
11. Lavish Bootstrap
Lavish is a Ruby on Rails application that generates a Bootstrap color scheme from an image, which you can customize to suit your requirements. Once you select an image, Lavish generates colors from the image for the body background, links, header, menu, tabs, text, dropdown and more. You can then swap these around until you’re satisfied with the scheme, and then download the Boostrap.css file.