Generate Bootstrap tabs via command line in laravel

In this article you will learn how to Generate Bootstrap tabs via command line in laravel . this is possible due to laravel package called laratabs ,This Laravel package provides an artisan command to easily generate bootstrap tabs. The package creates a unique view for each tab, and allows you to embed the tabs wherever you need in your HTML. This makes for a clean uncluttered code, and allows you to skip the tedious process of writing the HTML yourself and focus on the content of the tabs. so lets get started with installation


Begin by installing this package through Composer. Edit your project’s composer.json file to require fish/laratabs.

"require": {
    "fish/laratabs": "dev-master"

Next, update Composer from the Terminal:

composer update

Once this operation completes, the final step is to add the service provider. Open app/config/app.php, and add a new item to the providers array.


On the client-side remember to include bootstrap’s CSS and JavaScript files. The quickest way is using a CDN:

<link href="//" rel="stylesheet">
<script src="//"></script>

That’s it! You’re all set to go. Run the artisan command from the Terminal to see the new tabs command.

php artisan


Generate the tabs

On the first time you use the package run the following to build the database tables: (unless you choose ‘file’ for storage)

php artisan tabs:init

Now create the tabs:

php artisan tabs:generate [key] [--tabs="list-of-tabs"]

First provide the key, which you will use later to grab the tabs, and then list the tabs. The tabs should be entered as a comma separated list. The words are spearated by default with an underscore. Of course, when presented in the view they will be separated by spaces. As for capitaliztion, by default the first word will be uppercase.

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if you want to create a tab with dropdown menu the syntax is main_tab:sub_tab1|sub_tab2.


php artisan tabs:generate article --tabs="section1, section2, section3:sub_section1|sub_section2"

Note that the key is also used by default to set the name of the folder, where the tabs partials will be created.

Fill the views with content

The views will reside by default under app/views/[key].

Pull the tabs into your view


Tabs::get($key, $data = [], $options = []);

$key (string)(required) The key used while generating the tabs.

$data (assoc. array)(optional) data to be passed to the views.

$options (assoc. array)(optional) customization options.


In your controller pass the returned value to the main view, e.g:

return View::make('main.view', ['tabs'=>Tabs::get('article')]);

Then in your view echo {!! $tabs !!} wherever you want the tabs to appear.

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The package allows you to config a few options, each of which is applicable either globally (G) – i.e for all sets of tabs, locally (L) – i.e for the current set of tabs, or both. local options are passed as the third argument to the get method, while global options are set in the pacakage config.php file.

To change the global configuration you need to publish it to your project first:

 php artisan vendor:publish

The path to the published file is:



Option Description Scope Values Default
type GL tabs,pills tabs
storage G database, file database
direction GL horizontal, vertical horizontal
views_path The path where the G the key used when
tabs partials will be created creating the tabs
relative to the views folder.
fade use fade effect? GL true, false true
in the artisan command
display Display of the titles GL uc_first_word, uc_first_word
except black-list of tabs L [array, of, tabs]
not to be presented
only white-list of tabs L [array, of, tabs]
to be presented
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The locale option will look for the translation in a tabs.php file under the current locale. The array returned from the file should be constructed as follows:

    'some-key'=> [
       'tab1' => 'Tab no. 1'
       'tab2' => 'Tab no. 2'
       'tab3' => 'Tab no. 3'

    'some-other-key'=> [
       'tab4' => 'Tab no. 4'
       'tab5' => 'Tab no. 5'
       'tab6' => 'Tab no. 6'

If no translation is found it will fallback to uc_first_word.


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Deven Rathore

I'm Deven Rathore, a multidisciplinary & self-taught designer with 3 years of experience. I'm passionate about technology, music, coffee, traveling and everything visually stimulating. Constantly learning and experiencing new things.

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