16 top free Bootstrap themes

Bootstrap is a free framework that helps you get responsive web design up and running quickly and easily. With Bootstrap, you can use HTML and CSS templates for web-based content such as forms, buttons, navigation and more. You can also use JavaScript plugins.

While there are a number of reasons to use free Bootstrap themes, the biggest are that it's easy to use and has a mobile-first approach. This makes it an excellent choice as the framework for a website builder. But it's not just for beginners; Bootstrap is a great choice for experienced web developers, too.

Here's a selection of some of the best free Bootstrap themes out there.

01. Neat

Neat is ideal for freelance designers

If you're after a clean design to promote your design agency, portfolio or freelance business, Neat might the perfect option for you. This free HTML5 Bootstrap website template features a jQuery counter, subtle homepage animations and hero image slider to show off your best work. An .SCSS file is included in this template, making it easy to customise.

02. Marble

Marble is flexible enough for most applications

Made with portfolios in mind but flexible enough for just about any application, Marble features a fixed left sidebar menu that makes way for an off-canvas menu on mobile devices. And to help show off your work to best effect, it boasts smooth scrolling and eye-catching animations and fade-ins.

03. Light Bootstrap Dashboard

This template is fully responsive

This simple Bootstrap dashboard is built on top of ReactJS and is fully responsive. This free template includes a large library of elements so you can easily customise the design to meet your needs – use it to create admin panels, project management systems, CMSs and more.

04. Lattes

If you want cool HTML5 and CSS3 tricks, check out Lattes

Developer-friendly and easily modifiable, Lattes is a clean and elegant Bootstrap HTML template aimed at small businesses, agencies and creatives. Its responsive design ensures that your site will look great on any device, and it incorporates all of the cutting-edge HTML5 and CSS3 elements you want, without the need to write any code.

05. Material Kit

Create a website inspired by Google's Material Design system

All of the interface elements in this great UI kit have been restyled to fit with Google's Material Design system. There are 60 components as well as three fully coded example pages to get you started in this free UI kit. The $79 pro version includes 1000 components, seven plugins and 11 example pages.

06. Elate

Smart, modern layout

This theme gives you a modern one-page layout with subtle hover animations, gradient backgrounds and some slight, sensibly-used parallax scrolling effects. It offers four ready-to-use styles as part of the free package.

07. DashGum

A visually pleasing and functional dashboard

DashGum – Free Dashboard uses a great colour palette, elegant fonts and a smart layout to produce a design that's both visually appealing and functional. A lot of information fits into this dashboard without feeling cluttered, and you get charts, panels, tables, calendars, notifications and more with the free version. 

08. Initio

Build a company or personal site that gets straight to the point

This is a fairly classic design for a personal or company portfolio that gets straight to point and delivers a lot of information without requiring a scrolling marathon from the user, including a bold call to action box.

09. Creative

Free Bootstrap themes Creative

This free Bootstrap theme has subtle scrolling animations

This free, one-page Bootstrap theme has flexible options, including custom button styles. It also includes a full-page image header banner with vertically centred content and subtle scrolling animations, which look fantastic. With rich features and plugins, you can use it as a boilerplate for your next project.

10. Cardio

Free Bootstrap themes Cardio

Get a fitness-type feel with this free Bootstrap theme

As the name implies, this is another one-page Bootstrap theme that offers a clean yet colourful look. Although this template has a 'gym related theme', it has the potential to work for other industries as well. There's even a live typing effect in the header.

11. Freelancer

Free Bootstrap themes Freelancer

This free Bootstrap theme does exactly what it says on the tin

Great for freelancers, this one-page Bootstrap theme has a lot of features such as flat icons and fixed top navigation that collapses on scroll. Also, the font choices for this theme are easy on the eyes.

12. Pratt Theme

Free Bootstrap themes Pratt

This theme is a nice clean example

If you're looking for something simple to use for a landing page or coming soon web space, here's a great template from Carlos Alvarez of BlackTie. Its demo version hosts annotated screengrabs and simple buttons that show off an app product.

13. Magister

Free Bootstrap themes Magister

This free Bootstrap theme is simple with nice transitions

Quite possibly the purest theme on the list, Magister by Sergey Pozhilov offers a beautifully simple design that's ideal for portfolios and coming soon pages. The subtle animation between page changes gives this template a nice touch.

14. Simple Sidebar

Free Bootstrap themes Simple Sidebar

Get a simple sidebar with the Simple Sidebar theme

If you need a simple sidebar page menu layout, this Bootstrap theme gets the job done. One of the great features of this theme is the off-canvas navigation toggling on smaller screens.

15. SB Admin 2

Free Bootstrap themes SB Admin 2

This template is great for dashboards

Another admin theme, this one includes sidebars with multi-level dropdowns and active classes. Also included is a Bootstrap chat widget and login page. This template is great for a dashboard site or web app.

16. Studio

Free Bootstrap themes Studio

This free Bootstrap theme has some neat parallax scrolling

Another one-pager from BlackTie, this free Bootstrap theme features parallax scrolling and uses Font Awesome 4.0.3. With a few modifications, this template can be used for a variety of industries.

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