Bootstrap Dropdown Hover

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A simple plugin which opens Bootstrap dropdown menus on mouse hover, the proper way.

Why I made it, when there are many solutions already?

I had issues with all the previously existing solutions. The simple CSS ones are not using the .open class on the parent element, so there will be no feedback on the dropdown toggle element when the dropdown menu is visible.

The js ones are interfering with clicking on .dropdown-toggle, so the dropdown menu shows up on hover, then it is hiding when clicking on the .dropdown-toggle element, and moving out the mouse will trigger the dropdown menu to show up again. Some of the js solutions are braking iOS compatibility, some plugins are not working on modern desktop browsers which are supporting the touch events.

That's why I made this proper plugin, which prevents all these issues by using only the standard Bootstrap javascript API, without any hack.


Modify the click behavior of the above two dropdowns

The plugin instance is destroyed, please reinitialize!

Other dropdown type examples


Option Default Description
clickBehavior 'sticky' clickBehavior, 'sticky'|'default'|'disable', defaults to sticky, which means that if we click on an opened dropdown then it will not hide on mouseleave but on a second click only. Can be default, which means that means that the dropdown toggles on hover and on click too, or disable, which disables dropdown toggling with clicking when mouse is detected (so it will open on hover only)
hideTimeout 200 how much time the hovered dropdown hides after mouseleave (in milliseconds).


You can modify the behavior of the plugin by calling its methods, all of which accept a value.

To call methods on any dropdown hover instance, use the following syntax:
javascript $(selector).bootstrapDropdownHover(methodName, parameter);

Method Description
setClickBehavior(value) Changes the clickBehavior parameter.
setHideTimeout(value) Changes the hideTimeout parameter.
destroy() Restores the original behavior.


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