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5 even columns in Bootstrap 3

#5 even columns in Bootstrap 3

Bootstrap can easily make 1,2,3,4, or 6 equally sized columns. But what if you want 5? Well the grid doesn't support it out of the box. You have to add a bit of CSS to Bootstrap and add a class to your row.

The HTML

Write your HTML as if you were creating columns to fit a grid width of 10 as opposed to 12. The example below shows 5 columns with a width of 2.

<div class="row fivecolumns">
    <div class="col-md-2">
        <h2>Heading</h2>
        <p>Donec id elit non mi porta gravida at eget metus. Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus. Etiam porta sem malesuada magna mollis euismod. Donec sed odio dui. </p>
        <p><a class="btn" href="#">View details &raquo;</a></p>
    </div>
    <div class="col-md-2">
        <h2>Heading</h2>
        <p>Donec id elit non mi porta gravida at eget metus. Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus. Etiam porta sem malesuada magna mollis euismod. Donec sed odio dui. </p>
        <p><a class="btn" href="#">View details &raquo;</a></p>
    </div>
    <div class="col-md-2">
        <h2>Heading</h2>
        <p>Donec sed odio dui. Cras justo odio, dapibus ac facilisis in, egestas eget quam. Vestibulum id ligula porta felis euismod semper. Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus.</p>
        <p><a class="btn" href="#">View details &raquo;</a></p>
    </div>
    <div class="col-md-2">
        <h2>Heading</h2>
        <p>Donec sed odio dui. Cras justo odio, dapibus ac facilisis in, egestas eget quam. Vestibulum id ligula porta felis euismod semper. Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus.</p>
        <p><a class="btn" href="#">View details &raquo;</a></p>
    </div>
    <div class="col-md-2">
        <h2>Heading</h2>
        <p>Donec sed odio dui. Cras justo odio, dapibus ac facilisis in, egestas eget quam. Vestibulum id ligula porta felis euismod semper. Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus.</p>
        <p><a class="btn" href="#">View details &raquo;</a></p>
    </div>
</div>

The CSS

The only modification you need to make is to add some CSS that is loaded after the original bootstrap responsive CSS, like this:

<style type="text/css">
/* start of modification for 5 columns */
@media (min-width: 768px){
    .fivecolumns .col-md-2, .fivecolumns .col-sm-2, .fivecolumns .col-lg-2  {
        width: 20%;
        *width: 20%;
    }
}
@media (min-width: 1200px) {
    .fivecolumns .col-md-2, .fivecolumns .col-sm-2, .fivecolumns .col-lg-2 {
        width: 20%;
        *width: 20%;
    }
}
@media (min-width: 768px) and (max-width: 979px) {
    .fivecolumns .col-md-2, .fivecolumns .col-sm-2, .fivecolumns .col-lg-2 {
        width: 20%;
        *width: 20%;
    }
}
/* end of modification for 5 columns */
</style>

Working example

Demo can be seen here

<style type="text/css">
/* start of modification for 5 columns */
@media (min-width: 768px){
.fivecolumns .col-md-2, .fivecolumns .col-sm-2, .fivecolumns .col-lg-2 {
width: 20%;
*width: 20%;
}
}
@media (min-width: 1200px) {
.fivecolumns .col-md-2, .fivecolumns .col-sm-2, .fivecolumns .col-lg-2 {
width: 20%;
*width: 20%;
}
}
@media (min-width: 768px) and (max-width: 979px) {
.fivecolumns .col-md-2, .fivecolumns .col-sm-2, .fivecolumns .col-lg-2 {
width: 20%;
*width: 20%;
}
}
/* end of modification for 5 columns */
</style>
.row.fivecolumns
.col-md-2
%h2 Heading
%p Donec id elit non mi porta gravida at eget metus. Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus. Etiam porta sem malesuada magna mollis euismod. Donec sed odio dui.
%p
%a.btn{href: "#"} View details &#187;
.col-md-2
%h2 Heading
%p Donec id elit non mi porta gravida at eget metus. Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus. Etiam porta sem malesuada magna mollis euismod. Donec sed odio dui.
%p
%a.btn{href: "#"} View details &#187;
.col-md-2
%h2 Heading
%p Donec sed odio dui. Cras justo odio, dapibus ac facilisis in, egestas eget quam. Vestibulum id ligula porta felis euismod semper. Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus.
%p
%a.btn{href: "#"} View details &#187;
.col-md-2
%h2 Heading
%p Donec sed odio dui. Cras justo odio, dapibus ac facilisis in, egestas eget quam. Vestibulum id ligula porta felis euismod semper. Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus.
%p
%a.btn{href: "#"} View details &#187;
.col-md-2
%h2 Heading
%p Donec sed odio dui. Cras justo odio, dapibus ac facilisis in, egestas eget quam. Vestibulum id ligula porta felis euismod semper. Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus.
%p
%a.btn{href: "#"} View details &#187;
<div class="row fivecolumns">
<div class="col-md-2">
<h2>Heading</h2>
<p>Donec id elit non mi porta gravida at eget metus. Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus. Etiam porta sem malesuada magna mollis euismod. Donec sed odio dui. </p>
<p><a class="btn" href="#">View details &raquo;</a></p>
</div>
<div class="col-md-2">
<h2>Heading</h2>
<p>Donec id elit non mi porta gravida at eget metus. Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus. Etiam porta sem malesuada magna mollis euismod. Donec sed odio dui. </p>
<p><a class="btn" href="#">View details &raquo;</a></p>
</div>
<div class="col-md-2">
<h2>Heading</h2>
<p>Donec sed odio dui. Cras justo odio, dapibus ac facilisis in, egestas eget quam. Vestibulum id ligula porta felis euismod semper. Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus.</p>
<p><a class="btn" href="#">View details &raquo;</a></p>
</div>
<div class="col-md-2">
<h2>Heading</h2>
<p>Donec sed odio dui. Cras justo odio, dapibus ac facilisis in, egestas eget quam. Vestibulum id ligula porta felis euismod semper. Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus.</p>
<p><a class="btn" href="#">View details &raquo;</a></p>
</div>
<div class="col-md-2">
<h2>Heading</h2>
<p>Donec sed odio dui. Cras justo odio, dapibus ac facilisis in, egestas eget quam. Vestibulum id ligula porta felis euismod semper. Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus.</p>
<p><a class="btn" href="#">View details &raquo;</a></p>
</div>
</div>
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commented Jan 19, 2016

Thank you, this helped me a lot. The only problem I'm having is with screen widths between 768 and 992 (MD) where the columns break and my elements collapse on top of each other, but are not full-width. If I size down to SM and below they remain stacked but go 100% wide.

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