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Add Twitter Bootstrap icon to Input box

Posted by: admin November 29, 2017 Leave a comment


How can we add a Twitter Bootstrap icon icon-search to the right of a text input element?

The following attempt placed all the icons inside the input element, how can we crop it so it only displays the icon for icon-search?

Current Attempt

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input.search-box {
    width: 180px;
    background: #333;
    background-image: url('/img/glyphicons-halflings-white.png');
    background-position: -48px 0;
    padding-left: 30px;
    margin-top: 45px;
    border: 0;
    float: right;

Updated Bootstrap 3.x

You can use the .input-group class like this:

<div class="input-group">
    <input type="text" class="form-control"/>
    <span class="input-group-addon">
        <i class="fa fa-search"></i>

Working Demo in jsFiddle for 3.x

Bootstrap 2.x

You can use the .input-append class like this:

<div class="input-append">
    <input class="span2" type="text">
    <button type="submit" class="btn">
        <i class="icon-search"></i>

Working Demo in jsFiddle for 2.x

Both will look like this:

screenshot outside

If you’d like the icon inside the input box, like this:

screenshot inside

Then see my answer to Add a Bootstrap Glyphicon to Input Box


Since the glyphicons image is a sprite, you really can’t do that: fundamentally what you want is to limit the size of the background, but there’s no way to specify how big the background is. Either you cut out the icon you want, size it down and use it, or use something like the input field prepend/append option (http://twitter.github.io/bootstrap/base-css.html#forms and then search for prepended inputs).