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How to add touchSwipe to your Bootstrap Carousel

Have you ever wanted to add touch swipe and gestures to your Bootstrap Carousel? It’s quite simple to do really…

So first things first, you will need to add the TouchSwipe jQuery Plugin to your website. This plugin will detect single and multiple finger swipes, pinches and falls back to mouse ‘drags’ on the desktop. It offers a lot more features which you can read about here.

Once you have added this, you can add the Bootstrap Carousel as follows:-

<div id="myCarousel" class="carousel slide" data-ride="carousel">
    <div class="carousel-inner">

        <ol class="carousel-indicators">
            <li data-target="#myCarousel" data-slide-to="0" class="active"></li>
            <li data-target="#myCarousel" data-slide-to="1"></li>
            <li data-target="#myCarousel" data-slide-to="2"></li>

        <div class="carousel-item active">
            <img class="first-slide" src="http://via.placeholder.com/960x500" alt="First slide">
            <div class="container">
                <div class="carousel-caption text-left">
                    <h1>Example headline.</h1>
                    <p>Cras justo odio, dapibus ac facilisis in</p>
                    <p><a class="btn btn-lg btn-primary" href="#" role="button">Sign up today</a></p>
        <div class="carousel-item">
            <img class="second-slide" src="http://via.placeholder.com/960x500" alt="Second slide">
            <div class="container">
                <div class="carousel-caption">
                    <h1>Another example headline.</h1>
                    <p>Cras justo odio, dapibus ac facilisis in</p>
                    <p><a class="btn btn-lg btn-primary" href="#" role="button">Learn more</a></p>
        <div class="carousel-item">
            <a href="https://codepen.io" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="third-slide" src="http://via.placeholder.com/960x500" alt="Third slide"></a>

Now to implement the swipe gestures with the Bootstrap Carousel, you will need to add the below code:-

$( document ).ready(function() {

    // Carousel

        interval: false,
        pause: true

    $( ".carousel .carousel-inner" ).swipe( {
    swipeLeft: function ( event, direction, distance, duration, fingerCount ) {
        this.parent( ).carousel( 'next' );
    swipeRight: function ( ) {
        this.parent( ).carousel( 'prev' );
    threshold: 0,
    tap: function(event, target) {
        window.location = $(this).find('.carousel-item.active a').attr('href');
    excludedElements:"label, button, input, select, textarea, .noSwipe"
    } );

    $('.carousel .carousel-inner').on('dragstart', 'a', function () {
        return false;


And that’s it, pretty simple, right?


Nathan da Silva - Profile

Posted by: Nathan da Silva

Nathan is the Founder of Silva Web Designs. He is passionate about web development, website design and basically anything digital-related. His main expertise is with WordPress and various other CMS frameworks. If you need responsive design, SEO, speed optimisation or anything else in the world of digital, you can contact Silva Web Designs here; [email protected]

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6 thoughts on “How to add touchSwipe to your Bootstrap Carousel

  1. Hi, could you share the bootstrap classes you are using? And in the order you call them. I’m having troubles with the order I import them.

  2. I believe Bootstrap 4 and above has an option that provides a similar function :


    Any clue on how they’d compare?

    1. Hi there,

      I believe data-touch="true" became a thing in some of the latest updates to Bootstrap 4. I think it came out around the Bootstrap 4.3 update.

      In my experience, with the data-touch method, one has to “activate” the arrows, i.e, touching the arrow indicates to the browser that the arrow is active and then the swipe gestures work. I just found TouchSwipe jQuery Plugin to work better than the standard Bootstrap way of doing things.

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