How can I get my Twitter Bootstrap buttons to right align?


I have a simple demo here:

    <li>One <input class="btn pull-right" value="test"></li>
    <li>Two <input class="btn pull-right" value="test2"></li>

I have an unordered list and for each list item I wish to have text on the left and then a right aligned button. I have tried to use pull-right but this completely messes up the alignment. What am I doing wrong?

5/18/2017 10:07:53 AM

Accepted Answer

Insert pull-right into the class attribute and let bootstrap arrange the buttons.

For Bootstrap 2.3, see: > Helper classes > .pull-right.

For Bootstrap 3, see: > Helper classes.

For Bootstrap 4, see:

The pull-right command was removed and replaced with float-right or in general to float-{sm,md,lg,xl}-{left,right,none}

3/29/2018 7:34:15 PM

"pull-right" class may not be the right way because in uses "float: right" instead of text-align.

Checking the bootstrap 3 css file i found "text-right" class on line 457. This class should be the right way to align the text to the right.

Some code:

<div class="row">
    <div class="col-xs-12">
        <div class="text-right">
            <button type="button" class="btn btn-default">Default</button>


Update 2019 - Bootstrap 4.0.0

The pull-right class is now float-right in Bootstrap 4...

    <div class="row">
        <div class="col-12">One <input type="button" class="btn float-right" value="test"></div>
        <div class="col-12">Two <input type="button" class="btn float-right" value="test"></div>

It's also better to not align the ul list and use block elements for the rows.

Is float-right still not working?

Remember that Bootstrap 4 is now flexbox, and many elements are display:flex which can prevent float-right from working. In some cases, the util classes like align-self-end or ml-auto work to right align elements that are inside a flexbox container like a Bootstrap 4 .row, Card or Nav.

Also remember that text-right still works on inline elements.

Bootstrap 4 align right examples

Bootstrap 3

Use the pull-right class.


Use button tag instead of input and use pull-right class.

pull-right class totally messes up both of your buttons, but you can fix this by defining custom margin on the right side.

<button class="btn btn-primary pull-right btn-sm RbtnMargin" type="button">Save</button>
<button class="btn btn-primary pull-right btn-sm"  type="button">Cancel</button>

Then use the following CSS for the class

.RbtnMargin { margin-left: 5px; }

Adding to the accepted answer, when working within containers and columns that have built in padding from bootstrap, I sometimes have a full stretched column with a child div that does the pulling to be the way to go.

<div class="row">
  <div class="col-sm-12">
      <div class="pull-right">
            <p>I am right aligned, factoring in container column padding</p>

Alternately, have all your columns add up to your total number of grid columns (12 by default) along with having the first column be offset.

<div class="row">
  <div class="col-sm-4 col-sm-offset-4">
        This content and its sibling..
  <div class="col-sm-4">
        are right aligned as a whole thanks to the offset on the first column and the sum of the columns used is the total available (12).

Sorry for replying to an older already answered question, but I thought I'd point out a couple of reasons that your jsfiddle does not work, in case others check it out and wonder why the pull-right class as described in the accepted answer doesn't work there.

  1. the url to the bootstrap.css file is invalid. (perhaps it worked when you asked the question).
  2. you should add the attribute: type="button" to your input element, or it won't be rendered as a button - it will be rendered as an input box. Better yet, use the <button> element instead.
  3. Additionally, because pull-right uses floats, you will get some staggering of the button layout because each LI does not have enough height to accommodate the height of the button. Adding some line-height or min-height css to the LI would address that.

working fiddle:

  <li>One <input type="button" class="btn pull-right" value="test"/></li>
  <li>Two <input type="button" class="btn pull-right" value="test2"/></li>

(I also added a min-width to the buttons as I couldn't stand the look of a ragged right-justified look to the buttons because of varying widths :) )