I want to know how to change the color of the links when you hover over them in the nav bar, as currently they are an ugly color.

Thanks for any suggestions?


<div class="container">
    <div class="navbar">
        <div class="navbar-inner">
            <ul class="nav">
                <li class="active"><a href="#">Home</a></li>
                <li><a href="#">Link One</a></li>
                <li><a href="#">Link Two</a></li>
                <li><a href="#">Link Three</a></li>
12/13/2013 3:06:12 AM

This is cleaner:

ul.nav a:hover { color: #fff !important; }

There's no need to get more specific than this. Unfortunately, the !important is necessary in this instance.

I also added :focus and :active to the same declaration for accessibility reasons and for smartphone/tablet/touchscreen users.


You can try this to change the link background on hover

.nav > li > a:hover{

Updated 2018

You can change the Navbar link colors with CSS to override Bootstrap colors...

Bootstrap 4

.navbar-nav .nav-item .nav-link {
    color: red;
.navbar-nav .nav-link,
.navbar-nav .nav-item:hover .nav-link {
    color: pink;

Bootstrap 4 navbar link color demo

Bootstrap 3

.navbar .navbar-nav > li > a,
.navbar .navbar-nav > .active > a{
    color: orange;

.navbar .navbar-nav > li > a:hover,
.navbar .navbar-nav > li > a:focus,
.navbar .navbar-nav > .active > a:hover,
.navbar .navbar-nav > .active > a:focus {
    color: red;

Bootstrap 3 navbar link color demo

The change or customize the entire Navbar color, see:


You would have to overwrite the CSS rule:

.navbar-inverse .brand, .navbar-inverse .nav > li > a


.navbar .brand, .navbar .nav > li > a 

depending if you are using the dark or light theme, respectively. To do this, add a CSS with your overwritten rules and make sure it comes in your HTML after the Bootstrap CSS. For example:

.navbar .brand, .navbar .nav > li > a {
    color: #D64848;
.navbar .brand, .navbar .nav > li > a:hover {
    color: #F56E6E;

There is also the alternative where you customize your own Boostrap here. In this case, in the Navbar section, you have the @navbarLinkColor.


Target the element you wish to change and use !important to overwrite any existing styles that are assigned to that element. Be sure not to use the !important declaration when it is not absolutely necessary.

div.navbar div.navbar-inner ul.nav a:hover {
    color: #fff !important;